Swells and rough surf from Tropical Storm Arthur will continue today, leading to a high risk of rip currents all along the Outer Banks beaches, per a recent update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
The high threat of rip currents will continue for several days, and there will likely be an elevated threat of rip currents through the rest of the week.
Per the NWS, the weather along the Outer Banks will remain very unsettled through the rest of the work week as well, with an expected 1-3 inches of additional rain through Friday. Minor flooding will be possible due to this rainfall in low lying areas.
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. The U.S. Lifesaving Association reports 80 percent of all surf rescues are related to rip currents. Learn more about rip currents at https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent-surviving.
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.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.