Rip Currents Could Make Swimming Dangerous This Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Strong rip currents will make this a dangerous weekend in the water along Florida's southeast coast and

State Meteorologist Ben Nelson says strong onshore winds are creating deadly rip currents along the beaches of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as the western Panhandle.

Authorities are issuing an alert, urging people to swim only at beaches with lifeguards. Nelson says don't even go in the water if you don't see a lifeguard.

The conditions are expected to continue through the weekend because of strong southeasterly winds.

A rip current is a powerful channel of water flowing away from shore, usually between 10 and 30 yards wide. It can pull you out to sea several hundred yards.

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