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Strong Winds Lead To High Surf for Florida

3 Oct 2017, 9:54 am

A strong ridge of high pressure over the Southeast is helping to create strong winds that will continue to smack into the east coast of Florida over the next few days. Wind and high surf advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for a majority of the east coast of Florida.

The location of this high pressure will only impact the east coast of Florida with the high surf.  According to the Nation Weather Service, a Surf Advisory means high waves will affect beaches in the advisory area…producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.

Wave heights could range from 6 to 9 feet near the shore Tuesday and Wednesday.  Waves this high will lead to large breaks and long swells, creating creating very dangerous conditions for swimmers. Rips will also likely develop and contribute to dangerous water conditions for swimmers.  Areas hit hard from hurricane Irma could experience more beach erosion as well.

Not only will the east and northeasterly winds be creating erosion and hazardous swimming conditions, but there is also a Wind Advisory for a large portion of eastern Florida. Wind advisories are issued when winds greater than 25 mph are expected, with gusts of 35 to 57 mph at any time.

Wind speeds this strong could damage trees, power lines and property.  If you are under a wind advisory you will definitely want to secure trash cans, outdoor furniture and any other loose objects that are outside.

Meteorologist Patrick Crawford



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