It may look like the perfect day on the beach, but there's the potential for trouble in the water along the coast of Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
A riptide alert has been issued due to possible tropical weather in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rip currents are dangerous to surfers and swimmers because they can make it nearly impossible to get back to the beach.
Experts say if you're ever caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you're out of danger.
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