...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING... ...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING POSSIBLE 6 PM EDT TO 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING... * LOCATIONS...For high rip current risk, the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Queens and Nassau counties. For minor coastal flooding, vulnerable areas along the bays of southern Queens and southern Nassau counties. * TIMING...High rip current risk, 8 am through 9 pm today. Wednesday. Minor coastal flooding 6 pm through 9 pm this evening. * SURF AND RIP CURRENT RISK...High. * TIDAL DEPARTURE...1 to 2 feet above astronomical tides. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Brief minor flooding of the most vulnerable locations near the shoreline. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures such as groins, jetties, and piers. Talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. Pay attention to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float, and do not swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.