Lake Michigan Shore Rip Current Statement for Illinois to Indiana Shore

LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
307 AM CDT SAT AUG 27 2011

ILZ006-014-INZ001-002-271615-
/O.CON.KLOT.RP.S.0012.110827T1200Z-110829T0300Z/
LAKE IL-COOK-LAKE IN-PORTER-
307 AM CDT SAT AUG 27 2011

…RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM CDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…

* TIMING…STRONG WINDS AND HIGH WAVES WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING
AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…THERE IS A MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS FOR THE
ILLINOIS SHORE AND A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS FOR THE INDIANA
SHORE SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THERE IS A MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS FOR THE ILLINOIS SHORE
AND A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS FOR THE INDIANA SHORE SATURDAY
MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE…WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE
SANDBAR AND IN THE VICINITY OF STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS…
JETTIES AND PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS AND THE BEACH
PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS.


IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE
FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT…BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT. EVEN A STRONG
SWIMMER CAN BECOME EXHAUSTED QUICKLY.