Weather News: Post-Tropical Storm Kirk causes dangerous surf conditions in Florida

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Florida rip current (credit: Dennis Decker)

Florida rip current (credit: Dennis Decker)

Florida News: Post-Tropical Storm Kirk causes rip currents and big surf

Though Post-Tropical Storm Kirk is very far from the United States, he is still sending some energy in the direction of Florida that should keep beach goers on the east coast out of the water this Labor Day weekend.

While the weather today is forecast to be ideal for Labor Day activities, power from Kirk will be stirring up big waves and causing rip currents.

Be safe

Pay very close attention to the lifeguard towers today and everyday, but especially at times like this when there are conditions to be cautious of. A red flag on the lifeguard tower signifies strong surf or rip currents. If there’s a purple flag, that means you should be aware of dangerous marine life in the water, like jellyfish.

If you’re at the beach with anyone who is not a strong swimmer, always keep an eye on them because these large waves can sweep someone out into the ocean, even in shallow water. A good rule of thumb is to always assume there are rip currents so you don’t let your guard down.

If you’re caught in a rip current

If you find yourself caught in a rip current never swim against it. Signal for help, stay calm and get out of the current by swimming parallel to the beach. If that’s not possible, float or tread water and scream until help arrives.

Tell us…

What safety tips do you follow when you’re enjoying a day at the beach?