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urgent - immediate broadcast requested
coastal hazard message
national weather service newport/morehead city nc
454 am edt mon sep 22 2014

...strong rip currents continue today for the outer banks...

.continuing long period swells from the southeast and wave
heights around 4 feet will produce a continuing threat for strong
rip currents today across the outer banks.

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454 am edt mon sep 22 2014

...beach hazards statement in effect through this evening...

the national weather service in newport/morehead city has issued
a beach hazards statement...which is in effect from 8 am edt this
morning through this evening.

* hazards...strong rip currents.

* location...north of cape lookout.

* timing and tides...the most likely time for strong rip currents
  to develop are a couple hours either side of low tide...which
  will occur around 1 pm this afternoon.

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.



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