High rip current warning continues through Saturday, possibly Sunday
MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The high rip current risk for a part of our coast has been extended through Saturday and is likely to continue into Sunday.
The National Weather Service issued a high rip current risk for a part of the coast for Friday. The NWS extended the high risk for the entire coast for all beaches from Duck to Surf City. Long period swells, high astronomical tides and high expected beach populations are contributing to the risk.
A high rip current warning will extend Friday from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout and a moderate risk was set up to run from Duck to Oregon Inlet and from Cape Lookout to Surf City.
To stay safe at the beach, stand at an elevated position along the shore. Stand close to a sand dune or beach access to spot a rip current. If you see an area where waves aren't breaking or if there is foam on the water being pulled away from the shore, that's a good indicator a rip current is present.
Also, do not panic in a rip current or try to fight the flow. A rip current doesn't pull you underwater it pulls you away from the shore. Focus on swimming parallel to the shore.
A red flag signals a swimming hazard and instructs beach goers to stay out of the water. Be on the look out for the flag signals.