COCOA BEACH, Florida – Windy conditions will generate hazardous beach and boating conditions across east Central Florida on Friday and Saturday.
Northeast winds increasing to around 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph expected, especially over the coastal counties.
Due to these winds, the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida issued a Lake Wind Advisory, Small Craft Advisory, High Surf Advisory, and High Rip Current threat.
A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday for Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Volusia counties.
Boaters on area lakes should use extra caution since strong winds and rough waves can overturn small craft.
In addition, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Saturday afternoon for all coastal waters out to 60 nautical miles as the moderate to fresh northeast breeze produces 5 to 7-foot seas nearshore and 7 to 9-foot seas offshore.
A High Surf Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. on Friday through 4 p.m. on Saturday for Brevard, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Volusia counties.
The next high tide cycles along the east Central Florida coast will occur between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, and between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
High surf will affect the beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.
Swimmers should remain out of the water due to large breaking waves and dangerous surf conditions.
There will be a high rip current threat along east Central Florida beaches.
While numerous, strong rip currents will be present for the next two days, the threat will be the highest today through 10 a.m., this afternoon after 4 p.m., Saturday morning between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m., and in the afternoon after 5 p.m. due to tidal effects.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from the shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and signs.
Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current.
If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.