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Moderate risk of rip currents reported for Dare and Hyde beaches

There is a moderate for rip currents along all Dare County beaches as well as Ocracoke beaches Sunday, July 12. Only experienced ocean swimmers who know how to escape a rip current should enter the water.

The National Weather Service reports a low risk for rip currents along Currituck County beaches.

It is advised to never swim alone and always take a floatation device with you. 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.

The National Weather Service’s beach forecast also advises the UV index for Dare and Hyde is in the very high category, which indicates a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. For Currituck beaches, the UV index is in the extreme category, which indicates extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.

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