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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
638 AM EDT SUN MAY 22 2016

...NORTH CAROLINA HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2016...

All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season. Today`s
topics include rip currents and identify your trusted sources of
information.

Rip Currents: Even when hurricanes stay out at sea, the North
Carolina coast can still be impacted by large swells and deadly rip
currents, thus making it important to stay aware of the tropics and
weather forecasts all throughout the hurricane season. Rip currents
are channelized currents of water flowing away from shore at surf
beaches. Rip currents are quite common and can be found on many surf
beaches every day. They typically form at breaks in sandbars, and
also near structures such as jetties and piers. While the risk of
rip currents occurring along the North Carolina beaches increases
when a tropical cyclone is out in the Atlantic, the risk increases
even more so when a tropical cyclone is moving toward the North
Carolina coast, especially when the storm is a day or two away from
making landfall along the Carolina coast.

Rip currents are dangerous because they can pull people away from
shore. Rip current speeds can vary from moment to moment and can
quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf.
Rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Some
clues that a rip current may be present include a channel of
churning, choppy water, a difference in water color, a break in the
incoming wave pattern, and a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving
seaward.

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, stay calm and don`t
fight the current. Escape the current by swimming in a direction
following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle
away from the current toward shore. If you are unable to escape by
swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an
angle away from the current toward shore. If at any time you feel
you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face
the shore, call or wave for help. Also, don`t become a victim while
trying to help someone else! Many people have died in efforts to
rescue rip current victims. Instead, get help from a lifeguard. If
a lifeguard is not present, yell instructions on how to escape. If
possible, throw the rip current victim something that floats. Call
9-1-1 for further assistance.

Identify Your Trusted Sources of Information: NOAA`s National
Hurricane Center is your official source for hurricane forecasts and
the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. Your local NOAA
National Weather Service forecast office provides information
regarding the expected impacts from the storm for your area.
Emergency managers will make the decisions regarding evacuations.

Organizations such as FLASH make disaster safety recommendations.
And the media outlets will broadcast this information to you. All
work together to be your trusted sources, especially for those less
able to take care of themselves.

Here are some additional suggestions regarding where to get trusted
tropical storm and hurricane information:
* Television: Tune in to your trusted local news source.
* Phone: Access mobile.weather.gov on your mobie phone and get
  Wireless Emergency Alerts.
* Radio: Receive forecast information and news on your NOAA Weather
  Radio.
* Social Media: Follow official government agencies, trusted media
  partners, and share critical information with friends and family.
* Computer: Access information from weather.gov, ready.gov,
  readync.org, and flash.org.

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