High risk for rip currents from northern beaches through Ocracoke
Published 7:51 am Monday, April 22, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for today, April 22. The statement warns that dangerous surf conditions will continue today and a lingering swell will produce a high risk for rip currents.
Areas impacted include northern Outer Banks beaches south through Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. This hazard statement is in effect through this evening.
The most likely time strong rip currents will appear is a couple of hours around low tide, which will occur today around 3:30 p.m.
If caught in a rip current, remain calm. Don’t fight the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim back to shore. If tired, float or tread water until out of the rip current. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.