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Rip currents likely to be present along Navarre Beach

| Wendy Victora Rudman
A high rip current risk is in effect from noon on Sunday, July 4 through the evening of July 5, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service.
Rip Current
Rip currents are not always easy to see from shore, but from the air they are clearly visible. This photo was taken by Shane Dye with a drone.

Dangerous rip currents are expected along the coast.

“Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water,” the advisory warns. “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.”

Hurricane Elsa has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is still being forecast to impact the Florida peninsula, rather than the Panhandle.