A large, slow-moving storm system swirling in the western Atlantic will continue to send huge waves toward the Florida beaches this weekend. This is the same storm system that recently dumped more than 2 feet of snow across the Northeast.
The waves will build to heights as great as 10-15 feet through tonight. The waves will not begin to subside until Monday.
Locations most at risk include Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach and Vero Beach, to name a few.
Waves of this size and magnitude contain a tremendous amount of energy. The dangerous breaking surf can easily knock you down and make you susceptible to strong rip currents.
You can also be swept off jetties and flung into tumultuous, turbulent water where even experienced swimmers can drown.
These waves will also transport very chilly water into the region from cooler regions farther north. Hypothermia can set in quickly for those without protection.
If you will be at the beaches on the Atlantic coast of Florida for spring break or vacation, it is important to know and understand the dangers of high surf and rip currents.
According to the National Weather Service, some clues that a rip current might be present include the observation of:
•A channel of churning, choppy water.
•A difference in water color.
•A line of foam, seaweed or debris moving out to sea.
•A break or disruption in the incoming wave pattern.
If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm. Dot not fight the current. Swim in a direction parallel to, or following the shoreline.
Your best course of action will be to avoid the water completely, but if you will be doing any swimming, make sure a lifeguard is present.
A change in the weather pattern will signal warmer, more summerlike conditions across the East Coast to bring in the new month.
After an earthquake hit in the area, a volcanic eruption occurred Friday in Iceland, resulting in a temporary no-fly order.
The tropical Atlantic has quieted down, but that may change in the coming days in the Bay of Campeche.
An outbreak of severe weather, including a few tornadoes, threatens to ruin the holiday weekend across the North Central U.S. states.
Tropical downpours along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana will encompass more of the lower Mississippi Valley through Saturday, creating slowdowns for holiday travelers.
Large, powerful waves crashed against the sandy shorelines of the East and West coasts this week, stirred by the onset of two hurricanes.
Incredible "snow" hurricane whitened parts of the Catskills.
Santa Cruz (1929)
Coastal Steamer San Juan (over 2,000 tons) was rammed off Pigeon Point near Santa Cruz, CA by the oil tanker S.C.T. Doss which was proceeding at "excessive speed in fog without sounding fog signals". 70 passengers and crew of San Juan drowned.
East Coast (1954)
Hurricane Carol hit with the single greatest property loss to date.