Rip tide conditions for Gulf Coast beaches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s nearing beach season, and that means many people are making the trek down to the Alabama coastline and parts of Florida that are located on the Gulf of Mexico.

As such, it’s important to understand the different types of rip currents  that may be encountered .

The National Weather Service (NWS) has a risk level established for different rip currents – low, moderate and high.

The NWS says anyone caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the beach. Doing so will allow the person caught to eventually swim out of the current.

Additionally, the NWS encourages all people who are visiting beaches to be aware of the flag warning systems.

More information on the risk level system can be found by clicking this link.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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