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Red Tide is a common name for Harmful Algal Blooms which can turn water a red or orange color.

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Beach Hazards and Safety

A trip to the beach should be fun. Unfortunately, far too many people are injured or killed along our nation's beaches by hazards such as dangerous currents, heat and lightning. The National Weather Service can help ensure you leave the beach with good memories. NWS provides you the information you need to stay safe on beaches and in coastal areas and surf zones in consolidated products and services. A surf zone is defined as the area of water between the beach/shore and the first line of breaking waves.

Dangerous Waves

In addition to dangerous rip currents, other types of waves can result in injury, paralysis or death. Never turn your back on the ocean, even in shallow water.