A low pressure system slowly developing off the coast will bring a high threat of rip currents to area beaches on Thursday from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout, with a moderate risk at all other beaches, per a recent update from the National Weather Service.
Further development of this system in the next several days is possible, and a tropical depression could form off the coast while the system moves northwestward across the western Atlantic. While the National Hurricane Center maintains a 70 percent chance of formation within the next two days, the system is expected to remain offshore of the Carolina coast as it progresses northward.
The public should check surf and swimming conditions before heading to the beach, and the daily beach forecast at www.weather.gov/beach/mhx includes rip current risk levels, and information about other hazards along the beach. In addition, visitors are encouraged to sign up for text alerts from Dare County, ocean rescue agencies, and the National Weather Service by texting “OBXBeachConditions” to 77295.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for general weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.