Northerly winds this morning will become more easterly through the afternoon, and especially tonight, along Gulf-facing beaches. The combination of strong easterly winds and an increase in swell will lead to a high risk of rip currents. The greatest threat will be from St. Joseph Island southward to the Padre Island National Seashore.
Both the strength and speed of these rip currents will result in surf that is dangerous to swimmers, especially around jetties and piers. These rip currents will be dangerous to even experienced swimmers.
If caught in a rip current, do not panic. To swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back towards the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.