Published: May 02, 2011 7:50 PM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2011 4:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State emergency management officials are urging beachgoers along Florida's east coast to beware of dangerous rip currents.

Officials say there is a high risk of rip currents from Volusia County to Miami-Dade County through Tuesday. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents from Flagler County north to Nassau County.

State meteorologist Amy Godsey encourages beachgoers to "check the warning flags before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard."

When red flags are flying, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

Officials say rip currents can often move at more than 5 mph and are not always easily identifiable to beachgoers.

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