A high risk of rip currents is in effect for all beaches along Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island on Wednesday, September 22, per a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
A high risk of rip currents means that the surf zone is dangerous for all levels of swimmers, and beachgoers should stay out of the water.
Additionally, periods of rain, which will be heavy at times, will persist today through Thursday, before finally exiting the Outer Banks late Thursday evening. Some localized flooding is possible, especially across the southern Coastal Plains.
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/.