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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