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Tropical Storm Colin creates danger of rip currents on N.C. coast

Posted August 7, 2010 7:10 a.m. EDT
Updated August 7, 2010 11:41 p.m. EDT

— Forecasters say Tropical Storm Colin could lead to serious rip currents along the coast of the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service says there’s a moderate risk of rip currents.

Meteorologist David Loewenthal said Sunday looks it will be the worst day of the weekend for rip currents. Although Colin will be hundreds of miles offshore, it will be close enough to send heavy swells to the North Carolina coast.

Rip currents are strong channels of water that flow away from the beach. Even strong swimmers have drowned after becoming exhausted fighting the ocean current.

Colin’s center was expected to pass near or over Bermuda on Saturday.