Swells from distant Hurricane Larry continue to are expected to continue on Thursday and will peak on Friday before gradually subsiding over the weekend, per a recent update from the National Weather Service.
A High Surf Advisory is in effect from Duck to Cape Lookout until Saturday morning. Dangerous rip currents are expected into the weekend, and a high risk of rip currents is in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
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 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Waves in the surf zone could reach more than 9 feet today, and more than 10 feet tomorrow. Beachgoers are advised to stay out of the ocean until swells subside this weekend.
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/.