There is a Beach Hazard Warning in effect today, Friday, May 22nd  through 8PM this evening. Areas affected include all of Coastal Hancock and Washington Counties

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The warm air temperatures in the mid to upper 70's may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only in the mid 40's.

Anyone on boats, or paddlecraft should use caution and be prepared for immersion and the cold water, according to the warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Beach Hazard Statements are issued on days when a significant number of boats and paddlecrafts are expected to be out on the water and when warm air temperatures may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water. Paddle smart from the start. Always wear your life jacket. Be aware of wind conditions, tides and localized currents