Rip Current Statement for Lake Michigan Shore Midnight Through Late Sunday

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LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
403 PM CDT SAT SEP 29 2012

…INCREASED RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT CDT
TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THERE IS A MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

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.

&&

THE NOTIFICATION OF INCREASED RIP CURRENT RISKS ALONG THE ILLINOIS
AND INDIANA SHORES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM OCTOBER 1ST UNTIL THE
2013 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.



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