Sunny along beaches in Daytona & in New Smyrna, but rip current warnings issued

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At far left is a snapshot of the Daytona Beach beach cam at the Dunlawton Avenue Approach in Daytona Beach Shores and near right is the New Smyrna Beach beach cam at the Flagler Avenue beach ramp approach. It's easy to see the NSB locale is busier with beach goers on this Saturday afternoon.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It's a beautiful picture-perfect Saturday along the World's Most Famous Beach In Daytona and in New Smyrna Beach with sunny skies.

But looks can be deceiving, especially in the surf.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a warning as follows:

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 434 AM EDT SAT MAY 2 2015 FLZ047-054-059-064-141-147-022300- /O.NEW.KMLB.BH.S.0002.150502T1200Z-150502T2300Z/ SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-INDIAN RIVER-ST. LUCIE-MARTIN- COASTAL VOLUSIA COUNTY-NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY- 434 AM EDT SAT MAY 2 2015

... BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR LONGSHORE CURRENTS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* HAZARDS...A SOUTHWARD FLOWING LONGSHORE CURRENT WILL OCCUR AT AREA BEACHES. LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS WILL ALSO OCCUR ESPECIALLY NEAR PIERS AND JETTIES.

* TIMING...GREATEST LONGSHORE CURRENT THIS MORNING THEN WINDS EASE BUT THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS WILL EXTEND THROUGH AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... LONGSHORE CURRENTS COMMONLY OCCUR WHEN WAVES APPROACH THE SHORELINE AT AN ANGLE. THEY CAN PRODUCE RIP CURRENTS NEAR A JETTY OR PIER AND KNOCK YOU OFF A SANDBAR INTO DEEPER WATER. THE BEST SAFETY ADVICE IS TO ONLY ENTER THE SURF NEAR A LIFEGUARD. BUT IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A CURRENT...NEVER ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST IT...AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY. INSTEAD...TREAD WATER AND SWIM AT AN ANGLE AWAY FROM THE CURRENT. THEN ONCE OUT OF THE CURRENT...SWIM DIRECTLY BACK TOWARD THE BEACH.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 450 AM EDT SAT MAY 2 2015 AMZ550-552-555-570-572-575-FLZ041-044>047-053-054-058-059-064-141- 144-147-022300- FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA-BREVARD COUNTY LINE 0-20 NM-VOLUSIA- BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET 0-20 NM- SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET 0-20 NM-FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA- BREVARD COUNTY LINE 20-60 NM-VOLUSIA- BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET 20-60 NM- SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET 20-60 NM-INLAND VOLUSIA COUNTY- NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY-ORANGE-SEMINOLE-SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY- OSCEOLA-INDIAN RIVER-OKEECHOBEE-ST. LUCIE-MARTIN- COASTAL VOLUSIA COUNTY-SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY- NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY- 450 AM EDT SAT MAY 2 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.  

DAY ONE

...TODAY AND TONIGHT. .RIP CURRENT IMPACT... A NORTH TO NORTHEAST BREEZE WILL PRODUCE A STRONGER THAN NORMAL SOUTHWARD FLOWING CURRENT ALONG AREA BEACHES TODAY. THIS LONGSHORE CURRENT...ALONG WITH BREAKING WAVES...CAN KNOCK YOU OFF A SAND BAR INTO DEEPER WATER. LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS WILL ALSO OCCUR NEAR PIERS AND JETTIES. ONLY ENTER THE SURF NEAR A LIFEGUARD. .WIND AND SEA IMPACT... A NORTH TO NORTHEAST WIND FLOW AROUND 15 KNOTS WILL PRODUCE CHOPPY SHORT PERIOD WAVES THIS MORNING IN THE GULF STREAM...WHERE SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.  

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN

...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. AN INCREASING NORTHEAST SWELL AND AN ONSHORE WIND FLOW WILL KEEP BEACH AND BOATING CONDITIONS POOR TO HAZARDOUS SUNDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. A LOW PRESSURE CENTER IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN BAHAMAS WEDNESDAY AND MOVE SLOWLY NORTHWARD WELL OFFSHORE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. THIS WOULD CONTINUE THE POOR TO HAZARDOUS BEACH AND BOATING CONDITIONS INTO LATE NEXT WEEK. .

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.