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urgent - immediate broadcast requested
coastal hazard message
national weather service newport/morehead city nc
358 pm edt sat sep 20 2014

...elevated threat of rip currents through sunday...

.high risk of rip currents and strong longshore current expected
through sunday north of cape lookout.

carteret-outer banks dare-outer banks hyde-
358 pm edt sat sep 20 2014

...beach hazards statement now in effect through sunday evening...

* hazards...high risk of rip currents and strong longshore current
  north of cape lookout. dangerous shore break can be expected for
  beaches north of cape hatteras through sunday morning.

* timing and tides...the most likely time for dangerous rip 
  currents will be a few hours either side of low tide...which 
  will occur around noon sunday.

* potential impacts...

precautionary/preparedness actions...

rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the
sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...
jetties and piers. heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach
patrol. pay attention to flags and posted signs posted near beach
access points and lifeguard stations.

if you become caught in a rip not panic. remain calm
and begin to swim parallel to shore. once you are away from the
force of the rip current...begin to swim back to the beach. do
not attempt to swim directly against a rip current...since it can
exhaust and even kill the strongest swimmer.

strong longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip
currents...piers...jetties and other hazardous areas. in many
cases the longshore current is strong enough to prevent swimmers
from being able to keep their feet on the bottom making it
difficult to return to shore.



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