Danielle Creating Rip Current Risk

While Hurricane Danielle lurks about 2,000 miles off the North Carolina coast, she will have an direct impact on the beaches.

The National Weather Service says Danielle will create the threat of rip currents from the Outer Banks to Charleston, S.C. beginning Friday.

Forecasters say swells from Danielle will reach the coastline by Friday and increase throughout the weekend. They say that will lead to a threat of strong rip currents well into next week.

A man from Ohio died after getting caught in a rip current off the coast of Emerald Isle Tuesday. Officials there say they have beefed up ocean rescue and public safety staffing along with police presence.

Officials say they cannot stress enough that people should not fight rip currents. Instead, try to swim with the current, parallel to the shore, until the tide breaks its hold of you.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 27, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    This southerner, is going into the water and get his surf on this afternoon as the weekend starts, but will stay careful about it. When I end up getting tired, I'll be out then. If you don't feel comfortable getting out there then I suggest not.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Aug 27, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    respect the water, and the caution flags, and listen to the lifeguards, if you cannot swim don't go past your knees in the water, and anonymous, it's not just yankees, it's everyone!!!
  • by Johnson Location: NagsHead nc on Aug 27, 2010 at 03:55 AM
    Stay out of the water if you can't swim .and when we said Rip Currents stay out of the water.it that to hard to do.
  • by Lifeguard Location: ENC on Aug 27, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    Remember, if you are not an avid swimmer...... stay out of the water. If caught in a rip... swim parallel to the beach to get out....... NEVER TRY TO GET OUT SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT...... which is usually toward the beach. Make sure you inflate your lungs often, for the buoyancy of the air will ride you higher in the dense salt water. Floating, that is. Do not swim deeper than your knees.

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