Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
808 AM EDT Mon Jun 5 2017


The week of June 4th through June 10th has been declared Rip Current
Preparedness Week by the Governor of North Carolina. During this week
we will issue a number of informative messages about not only the
dangers of rip currents, but also other hazards in the surf zone
including strong shorebreak, longshore currents, high surf, and
strong winds.

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore
and are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, especially for
weak or non swimmers. Even on days when the local weather is
tranquil, distant storms may produce swells that bring an increased
risk of rip currents to local beaches. On average, more people die
every year from rip currents than from shark attacks, tornadoes,
lightning or even hurricanes. According to the United States
Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are
attributed to rip currents and more than 100 people die annually
from drowning when they are unable to escape a rip current.

All beachgoers, local and visitors, should be aware of rip currents
and the dangers they pose before entering the water. Tomorrow we
will discuss how and where rip currents typically form and how to
identify them from shore. For more information about rip currents,
please visit or if you are at the beach,
ask an on duty lifeguard.

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