Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Southern Bristol (MAZ020) Massachusetts Issued by the National Weather Service


High Surf Advisory High Surf Advisory - Southern Bristol (Massachusetts)

Updated:09/20/2019 9:54am
Effective:09/20/2019 9:54am
Expires:09/20/2019 6:00pm

Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol
Instructions: A rip current, sometimes mistakenly called an undertow, is a strong but narrow current of water flowing from the beach to the surf zone. It can rapidly carry a swimmer into deeper water, and exhaust an individual trying to swim against it. If you are a poor swimmer and are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until out of its pull, then swim back to shore. Another means of escape for good swimmers is to ride the current out until it dissipates, then swim back to shore outside of the rip current. Do not attempt to swim directly into the rip current, it can exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmer. Heed the advice of the beach patrol and swim only at guarded beaches. Be especially cautious near piers and jetties, where rip currents can be enhanced. In addition, viewers of large surf should stay in safe areas well away from possible splashover. Individual waves may be more than twice the average wave height, which can sweep a person into the water from what may seem to be a safe viewing area. Falling into turbulent and sometimes rocky waters can result in injury that reduces the chance of survival.

Message summary: ...high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 pm edt this evening...
* massachusetts, southern bristol ma, barnstable ma, dukes ma and nantucket ma. In rhode island, block island ri, washington ri and newport ri.
* timing...until 6 pm edt this evening.
* surf zone impacts...6 to 9 foot breaking waves will be dangerous to anyone who enters the surf.
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