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    Strong Winds, Rough Surf Along Miami Beaches

    By By Steve Travis, meteorologist
    October 14, 2012, 8:05:21 AM EDT

    Gusty winds will continue to plague the east coast of Florida this weekend as an area of high pressure battles for positioning with Patty, which lost its tropical characteristics earlier today.

    Winds will gust between 15 and 20 mph across inland areas through Sunday with gusts up around 25 mph along the beaches. North winds offshore will average between 15 and 25 knots with seas of 6-8 feet and small craft are urged to exercise caution.

    This rough surf will also lead to a high risk of rip currents at area beaches. Swimmers are advised to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches and to be cautious. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to the coastline. When out of the current, swim at an angle towards shore.

    Conditions will improve along the coast next week with diminishing winds as the high builds into the Atlantic Ocean and Patty continues to dissipates near the Bahamas.


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