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Spring Break season is upon us, and the same windy weather producing the blustery weather in the Tennessee Valley, Central Alabama and most of Tennessee is causing dangerous surf and rip currents on the Gulf Coast.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Wednesday evening’s heavy surf in Gulf Shores, Alabama

A strong storm system producing extreme rainfall in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas is moving east very slowly; a strong area of high pressure near the East Coast is making for a tight pressure gradient (see Why Is It So Windy here on WHNT.com).

From the National Weather Service in Mobile:

NWS Mobile Rip Currents

Need specific beach weather/rip current information? ┬áCheck out Mobile’s page – and stay out of the water when it’s like this!

This kind of information isn’t just pertinent now; rip currents can happen any time of year (even in peak beach season). ┬áSo if you’re ever caught in one, it’s important to remember how to combat the current:

Via NWS Tallahassee

Via NWS Tallahassee

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