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Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
1045 AM 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 LATER 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-
1045 AM 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...Dangerous shore break of 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 Newport/Morehead City NC
1045 AM 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 LATER 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.

NCZ196-203>205-180245-
/O.CON.KMHX.SU.Y.0009.190918T0300Z-190921T0000Z/
/O.CON.KMHX.BH.S.0032.000000T0000Z-190918T0000Z/
East Carteret-Northern Outer Banks-Ocracoke Island-
Hatteras Island-
1045 AM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING
TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY...

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

* LOCATIONS...Beaches from Cape Lookout north.

* 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 today, building to 6 to 8 feet
  tonight and peaking 8 to 11 feet Wednesday night through early
  Friday.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...The rough surf will lead to beach erosion
  with threat of localized ocean overwash during high tide.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions.

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.

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 Wakefield VA
402 AM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019


MDZ025-NCZ102-VAZ098>100-180000-
/O.CON.KAKQ.BH.S.0012.190917T1200Z-190918T0000Z/
/O.CON.KAKQ.RP.S.0012.190917T1200Z-190918T0000Z/
Maryland Beaches-Eastern Currituck-Virginia Beach-Accomack-
Northampton-
402 AM EDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS
MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS
MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* LOCATION...Ocean side beaches from Maryland through Virginia
  and northeast North Carolina.

* TIMING...From 8 AM EDT this morning through this evening.

* SURF OR RIP CURRENT RISK...There is a high risk of rip
  currents.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents...longshore currents...sneaker waves 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.

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 jetties and
piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards...beach patrol flags and
signs.

If you become caught in a rip current...relax and float. Don`t
swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following
the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or
wave for help.

&&

$$

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
251 AM CDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT
TUESDAY...

.Onshore winds will produce elevated tide levels today. Water levels
along the Bolivar peninsula will occasionally rise above 3.0 feet
resulting in minor flooding at high tide. The occasionally strong
onshore flow will also produce strong rip currents on Gulf facing
beaches.

TXZ436>438-180000-
/O.EXT.KHGX.BH.S.0006.000000T0000Z-190918T0000Z/
Brazoria Islands-Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula-
Matagorda Islands-
251 AM CDT Tue Sep 17 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* HAZARDS...Elevated tide levels resulting in the risk for
  coastal flooding.

* Timing...Through Tuesday evening.

* LOCATION...Along Gulf facing beaches.

* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...Strong rip currents along Gulf facing
  beaches and minor flooding along flood prone roads may be
  possible along Highway 87 near High Island and Blue Water
  Highway.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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. Swim near a lifeguard.

Driving vehicles on flooded beaches and roadways is discouraged.

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

&&

$$

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
804 PM EDT Mon Sep 16 2019

NCZ106-108-110-SCZ054-056-170815-
/O.EXP.KILM.BH.S.0035.000000T0000Z-190917T0000Z/
/O.EXP.KILM.RP.S.0016.000000T0000Z-190917T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KILM.BH.S.0036.190917T1200Z-190918T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KILM.RP.S.0017.190917T1200Z-190918T0000Z/
Coastal Pender-Coastal New Hanover-Coastal Brunswick-
Coastal Horry-Coastal Georgetown-
804 PM EDT Mon Sep 16 2019

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT TUESDAY
THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT TUESDAY THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Beach
Hazards Statement, which is in effect from 8 AM EDT Tuesday
through Tuesday evening. A High Rip Current Risk has also been
issued. This High Rip Current Risk is in effect from 8 AM EDT
Tuesday through Tuesday evening.

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

* TIMING...From 8 AM EDT Tuesday through Tuesday 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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