Increasing onshore flow sparks moderate risk of dangerous rip currents Tuesday

     South Seaside Park in late July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    South Seaside Park in late July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    Swimmers, beware.

    There is a moderate risk of rip current development due to increasing onshore winds throughout the day Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

    “Despite a decreased wave period today, an east to southeast wind will increase up to 15-25 miles per hour and seas in the surf zone will be three to five feet,” the service advises in a Forecast Discussion.

    Always have a flotation device and only swim in life guarded areas, forecasters warn. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim sideways, parrell to the beach, then angle back to the shore. 

    Wave heights will peak late Tuesday into early Wednesday, according to magicseaweed.com. Winds will go offshore Wednesday afternoon, resulting in smaller, calmer surf for Thursday. 

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