High rip current risk again for Eastern Carolina beaches

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Heading into the weekend and beachgoers are again being warned to stay out of the water.

The National Weather Service says there is a high risk for rip currents from Surf City to Rodanthe. This is the second day in a row for the warning.

Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Pine Knoll Shores are all flying red flags. Emerald Isle is telling visitors to stay out of the ocean until further notice.

So far this year, five people have drowned on Crystal Coast beaches, the latest on Tuesday when a man and five-year-old boy were caught up in rip currents.


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Red flags are flying at many beaches today as there is a high risk of dangerous rip currents.

The National Weather Service says beaches from Surf City to Duck are included in the advisory. They say the most dangerous time for strong rip currents will be a couple hours either side of low tide, which is around noon.

So far this year, five people have drowned on Crystal Coast beaches, the latest on Tuesday when a man and a child were pulled out by a rip current in Atlantic Beach.

Today, red flags are flying at Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores, while Emerald Isle has yellow flags.

With the majority of beaches still without lifeguards, emergency officials are warning people to stay out of the water.