MELBOURNE, Florida - The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory and High Surf Advisory for all of Central Florida's coastal counties that will remain in effect until 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. A small craft advisory also extends out 60 nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean.
Strong east-northeast winds of 20-25 MPH will continue along the coast and over the adjacent Atlantic Ocean today, occasionally gusting as high as 30-35 MPH. Conditions will be hazardous for boaters as the strong, gusty winds will produce seas of 6 to 9 feet near the coast and between 10 and 12 feet well offshore.
Large breaking waves of 5 to 7 feet can be expected in the surf zone, along with numerous strong rip currents, which will make entering the surf dangerous. Swimmers should consider remaining out of the surf entirely.
Coastal flooding and minor beach erosion is expected during the warning period. The highest runup of waves nearing the dune line will occur between 1 p.m. on Monday and between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. There could also be some breaching of the dune line in a few normally vulnerable locations.