Remnants from Beryl, (which is located about 300 miles west of Bermuda), as well as lingering effects from Hurricane Chris have contributed to a continually high risk of rip currents for Friday.
Per the National Weather Service’s Beach Forecast, a high threat of rip currents is in effect from Cape Lookout, N.C. to the northern Outer Banks. A high risk means that “wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents that could be life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.”
Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, which addresses beaches in the tri-villages area of Hatteras Island, reported on Thursday that multiple rips have been observed through Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo. Rips of note in the tri-villages include beach accesses that border Blue Sea Road, South Mirlo Beach, Beacon Road, America Drive, the Life-Saving Station, Sea Haven Drive, S. Holiday Boulevard, Camp Hatteras, Island Pines, South Sea Isle Hills, Sea Vista, Thalassa Avenue, and Cutlass Lane.
Numerous rescues of swimmers by the Water Rescue team and beach-gores were reported on Thursday in the tri-villages area as well.
To check the updated beach forecast from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. Beach-goers can also text “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890 to sign up for text alerts from local Outer Banks Lifeguards on beach conditions.