Outer Banks Dare Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 5:51 AM EDT Sep. 21, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through this
evening north of Cape Hatteras...

* hazards... high risk of rip currents.

* Locations... along the beaches north of Cape Hatteras.

* Timing and tides... the most likely time for strong rip currents
to occur is a couple hours either side of low tide, which will
occur around 11:30 am this morning.

* 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.