Though impacts from Elsa were minimal on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, a high risk of rip currents is in effect for Friday, July 9, for a large portion of the Outer Banks, per a recent update from the National Weather Service.
A high risk of rip currents is in effect for all Outer Banks beaches south of Cape Point in Buxton, as well as for all beaches on Ocracoke Island, while a moderate risk of rip currents is in effect for northern Hatteras Island (from Buxton to Oregon Inlet.)
A “high risk” means that life-threatening rip currents are likely, and the surf zone is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.
The public is advised to check surf and swimming conditions before heading to the beach, and to stay out of the water when a high risk of rip currents is present. 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 Outer Banks lifeguards, 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/.