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Emerald Isle keeps red flag warning in effect through Wednesday

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EMERALD ISLE, Carteret County - Continuing through Wednesday, Emerald Isle is keeping all 12 miles of its beaches as no-swim zones, as the threat of rip currents remains high.

The Town of Emerald Isle issued a release Tuesday morning saying the advisory that was issued Monday would continue Tuesday, with the beach marked with red flags to signify the danger. The National Weather Service extended that warning later in the day Tuesday.

On Monday, Pine Knoll Shores issued a similar warning, placing black flags along its beaches to warn beachgoers not to enter the water.

A High Threat of Rip Currents continues again Wednesday for all area beaches. Please stay out of the water! pic.twitter.com/0U2WnUcVz6

-- NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) June 20, 2017

Town manager Frank Rush said the Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will work in consultation with the National Weather Service to monitor the conditions to see when the red flag warnings can be removed.

The town also began hosting a trio of information sessions on the dangers of rip currents, with the first one starting Tuesday morning. Others will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 9 a.m., and Wednesday June 28, at 6 p.m., both in the Town Board meeting room at 7500 Emerald Drive. Each are hosted by the Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff.

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