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Rip current risks issued from northern beaches to Ocracoke

The National Weather Service has issued notification for high risk of rip currents Saturday, May 18 south of Cape Hatteras including Frisco, Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Ocean swimming is not recommended and beachgoers are advised to stay out of the water.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents north of Cape Hatteras including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton. Additionally, moderate rip current risk was announced for Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head beaches. It is advised that only experienced surf swimmers who know how to escape a rip current should enter the water. “Never swim alone and always take flotation,” said the notice. “If help is needed call 911.”

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.

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