An increased risk for rip currents off local beaches continues through Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a high surf advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Rip current risk also is in effect.
Large breaking waves will generate surf up to 4 to six feet.
NWS urges caution at area beaches.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. They most often occur at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and around groins, jetties and piers.
Swimmers caught in a rip current should try to remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. After swimming away from the rip current, begin to swim back toward the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.