High risk for rip currents for beaches north of Cape Hatteras, moderate risk south

Published 9:56 am Sunday, September 29, 2019

There is a high risk for rip currents Sunday, September 29 for beaches north of Cape Hatteras, including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton. Ocean swimming is not recommended and it is advised that beachgoers stay out of the water.

There is a moderate risk for rip currents for beaches south of Cape Hatteras, including Frisco, Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Only experienced ocean swimmers who know how to escape a rip current should enter the water. Never swim alone and always take some form of a floatation device.

The strongest rip currents typically occur in the hours before and after low tide, which will occur around 2:30 p.m. on September 29. If help is needed, call 911.

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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.