Swells from distant Hurricane Larry continue on Friday, with conditions forecasted to peak today, per a recent update from the National Weather Service.
A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for all Outer Banks beaches from Duck to Cape Lookout for surf zone waves of 6-8 feet, and dangerous rip currents are expected for all Hatteras and Ocracoke Island beaches through the weekend.
Rough surf will lead to minor beach erosion and localized overwash of weak/vulnerable dunes, particularly for the Outer Banks. Localized overwash of N.C. Highway 12 is likely, and especially around the times of high tides. No overwash on N.C. Highway 12 was reported as of 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning.
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/.