Outer Banks Dare Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 8:14 PM EDT Sep. 22, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement in effect through Sunday evening...

The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has issued
a beach hazards statement, which is in effect through Sunday
evening.

* Hazards... high risk of rip currents and powerful shore break.

* Locations... along the beaches north of Cape Hatteras.

* Timing and tides... the most likely time for strong rip
currents to occur is a couple hours either side of low tide,
which will occur around 12:30 PM this afternoon.

* Surf height... 3 to 5 feet.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If caught in a rip current remain calm. Don't fight the current.
Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the
current, swim back to shore. If tired, float or tread water until
out of the rip current. If unable to escape, face the shore and
call or wave for help.

Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beach. The
most common injuries with strong shore break are neck and back
injuries, which most often occur when the powerful surf throws a
swimmer or surfer head first into the bottom. It is extremely
important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in
breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all
times.