A high risk of rip currents continues on Monday, June 6, as Tropical Storm Alex, (the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season), continues to move away from the East Coast, per an update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office.
Prolonged swell from this system will continue to affect coastal North Carolina, and an increased threat of dangerous rip currents is expected through at least mid-week. No other direct impacts are expected from Alex.
As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Alex was located about 100 miles NNW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Alex is moving toward the east-northeast near 28 mph (44 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue until the storm disintegrates on Tuesday.
The public is advised to 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/.