As TS Chris swirls in the Atlantic, rip currents, high surf reported along NC coast
Dare County has set up a text message system in order to communicate timely information about current ocean conditions for those planning trips to the beach as Tropical Storm Chris swirls in the Atlantic.Posted — Updated
As of Sunday night, Chris was about 160 miles off the coast of North Carolina, but the storm's calling card was a raging surf and gusty winds.Vacationers were being told to stay out of the rough waters until further notice.
WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Chris is likely to be upgraded to a hurricane sometime Monday or Tuesday.
The high surf and riptides meant the Nags Head Ocean Rescue teams went on alert, erecting flags that warn of danger for those thinking about swimming.
In Kill Devil Hills, a 62-year-old man died after he went into the water despite officials' decision to raise red flags, which means no swimming. In Nags Head, lifeguards are tasked with making sure new vacationers know the rules.
Said Gruve: "We had it rented for a week. We come, we make the best of it. What are you going to do?"
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