What is a rip current?

Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from the beach. Rip currents typically extend from the shoreline through the surf zone and out past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur anywhere and are common in South Florida.

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1. What is a rip current?
2. Are rip currents dangerous?
3. What can I do?
4. Can I check on rip current conditions beforehand?