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Rip current risk elevated

High alert in Brevard, Volusia counties

 The Florida Division of Emergency Management is warning beachgoers to use caution this week as an elevated risk of rip currents is expected.

A moderate risk is also expected for the beaches of Central Florida, specifically Volusia and Brevard Counties.

The Florida Panhandle beaches also have a moderate risk, while in South Florida the risk is high.

A rip current is a narrow, powerful current of water that runs perpendicular to the beach that  often move at more than 5 miles per hour.

The state advises that  if caught in a rip current: don't panic the rip won't pull you under the water, it will just carry you seaward. Remain calm and swim parallel to shore until out of the rip.