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Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
311 PM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...DANGEROUS SHOREBREAK, STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND A HIGH
THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED ALONG AREA BEACHES TODAY...
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY TONIGHT THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK FROM
CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH...

.The combination of easterly and southeasterly swell will produce
dangerous rip currents, strong shorebreak, and strong longshore
currents along area beaches today. Building seas tonight will
lead to high surf conditions for the beaches from Cape Lookout
north that will continue through the end of the week.

NCZ195-199-180000-
/O.CON.KMHX.BH.S.0032.000000T0000Z-190918T0000Z/
West Carteret-Coastal Onslow-
311 PM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

* HAZARDS...High risk for dangerous rip currents, dangerous
  shorebreak, and strong longshore currents.

* LOCATIONS...Beaches south of Cape Lookout.

* TIMING AND TIDES...The most likely time for strong rip
  currents to develop are a couple of hours before and after low
  tide, which will occur around 4 PM this afternoon.

* SURF HEIGHT...3 to 5 feet.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If caught in a rip current remain calm. Don`t fight the current.
Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the
current, swim back to shore. If tired, float or tread water until
out of the rip current. If unable to escape, face the shore and
call or wave for help.

Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beach. The
most common injuries with strong shore break are neck and back
injuries, which most often occur when the powerful surf throws a
swimmer or surfer head first into the bottom. It is extremely
important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in
breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all
times.

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.

&&

$$

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
140 PM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

NCZ106-108-110-SCZ054-056-180000-
/O.CON.KILM.BH.S.0036.000000T0000Z-190918T0000Z/
/O.CON.KILM.RP.S.0017.000000T0000Z-190918T0000Z/
Coastal Pender-Coastal New Hanover-Coastal Brunswick-
Coastal Horry-Coastal Georgetown-
140 PM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...In South Carolina, Coastal Horry and Coastal
  Georgetown. In North Carolina, Coastal Pender, Coastal New
  Hanover and Coastal Brunswick.

* TIMING...Until 8 PM EDT this evening.

* SURF ZONE IMPACTS...Very strong rip currents will be dangerous
  to anyone who enters the surf. Additionally, northeasterly winds
  15-25 mph will produce a strong left to right longshore current
  at all of our area beaches.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents, longshore currents, and other hazards create life-
threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution should be used
when in or near the water.

There is a high risk of rip currents. Life threatening rip
currents are likely in the surf zone.

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, beach patrol flags and
signs.

If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain
calm, do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

&&

$$

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