A high risk of rip currents is expected for the Outer Banks beaches north of Cape Lookout, per a Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms with heavy downpours are also expected again today, due to an area of low pressure just off the N.C. coast.
A high risk of rip currents means that life-threatening rip currents are likely, and the surf zone is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.
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/.