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A new webpage layout and webpage link is coming September 27, 2016. This page will not automatically redirect so please bookmark the new page: http://www.weather.gov/tae/ripcurrentsafety. Note this link will not work until the transition date. Additional information can be found here.
Welcome to the NWS Tallahassee, FL Rip Current Safety Page. We are responsible for forecasting weather conditions for areas that include Florida Panhandle beaches from Destin east to St. George Island State Park. This includes the beaches of Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. In these areas, breaking waves regularly occur which means there is a risk of rip currents! Find out more about this hazard before you head to the beach.
You can significantly reduce the risk to yourself from rip currents by:
Current Beach Forecasts
Surf Zone Forecast
Observed Conditions and Beach Flags
If you choose to print off any of these safety brochures, you may want to select the option to "fit to page" before printing.
Safety Videos and PSAs
Below is a collection of videos with rip current safety information from NOAA and the USLA.
From 2000-2012, more people were killed by rip currents in the state of Florida than all weather-related factors combined. 250 people were killed by rip currents in that time frame; the next closest weather-related killer was lightning (77 fatalities). This underscores the importance of being aware of the threat of rip currents when you visit Florida beaches (or any beach for that matter!), especially if you are unfamiliar with the area or the power of waves at an ocean or Gulf beach.