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Rip current threat remains high Wednesday

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EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - The rip current threat along parts of the North Carolina coast remained high for Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A moderate rip current risk was detected from the Outer Banks to Cape Hatteras and a high rip current risk was declared from Cape Hatteras and extended down the Crystal Coast.

Eastern North Carolina has experienced increased rip current dangers for a good portion of the month of June.

We continue to alert you to just how dangerous and deadly these conditions can be so you and your loved ones stay safe at the beach.

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.

Several deaths have been reported at both Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle Beach because of intense rip currents.

Be sure to share this information with your family and friends.

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