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If you're heading to the beach this holiday weekend, rip currents will be a threat. WRAL's Amanda Lamb explains what to do if you get caught in one.
Red "no swimming" flags are flying along the Outer Banks beaches from Duck down to Ocracoke, but plenty of visitors and residents are ready to make the best of a holiday weekend without going in the ocean.
Monica Casey, WRAL reporter
Your holiday travel plans may have you heading to the N.C. coast, where Idalia's impact is still lingering Friday morning.
Each year, lifeguards along the Carolina coast rescue hundreds of people. The majority of those swimmers are those caught in rip currents.
While the eye of Hurricane Franklin was expected to stay well away from land, Bermuda faced tropical storm conditions on Wednesday. And the storm was producing "dangerous" surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the United States and will continue to do so for the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.
Judson Jones and Hogla Enecia Pérez, New York Times
Data through June 2023 shows more than 450 rip current deaths between 2017 and 2023, the majority of them men.
The North Carolina coast is averaging almost 100 people a day being rescued from rip currents over the long holiday weekend, and the threat remains through the coming week.
70 rescues were performed at Carolina Beach alone. Over the long holiday weekend. There have been nearly 300 water rescues at beaches along the coast.
The National Weather Service reported 372 rip current rescues from July 1 through 4, but that number is probably low.
Rip currents are the number one weather-related killer in the Carolinas, and emergency responders play a key role in rescuing and reviving troubled swimmers.
Sarah Krueger, WRAL investigative reporter
Over the weekend, three more tourists on Panama City Beach died in the Gulf of Mexico, making Panama City beaches the deadliest in the nation so far this year.
The National Weather Service said while weather was nasty enough to keep most people out of the water on Saturday, lifeguards reported 10 rescues on Sunday and another eight on Monday.
Hurricane Fiona is hundreds of miles away from the North Carolina coast, but the storm created problems for beachgoers who tried to enjoy one of the final 90-degree days of the year.
Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter
Despite being hundreds of miles away, Hurricane Fiona brought strong waves and rough winds to many North Carolina beaches on Thursday.
More than 15 people were rescued from rip currents Sunday off the coast of Wrightsville Beach.
Maggie Brown, WRAL multipaltform producer; WECT Staff
Red flags were posted on beaches in Nags Head Monday, a sign that swimming is prohibited because of the high threat of rip currents.
Rough surf and strong rip currents will likely continue along the North Carolina coast through Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. If you're planning on heading to the beach today, make sure to pay attention to the color of flags where you are.
A former public safety official says just because the flags on the beach aren't red doesn't mean people can let their guard down.
The National Weather Service confirms that at least 16 people were rescued along Carolina Beach, three people were rescued at Wrightsville Beach and four people were rescued from Myrtle Beach.
A low pressure system off North Carolina's coast is impacting our weather in central N.C. and along our beaches, where wave heights up to 15 feet are possible and a rip current risk is in place.
A portion of N.C. Highway 12, the main route through the Outer Banks, reopened at noon on Thursday. The road had been closed since Tuesday due to overwash.
The active tropics are evidence of the high point of hurricane season in the Atlantic.
While Hurricane Larry isn't expected to affect North Carolina directly, the system is expected to cause an increasing rip current threat at the coast by the end of the week.
Fourteen rip current-related rescues were made Saturday at Wrightsville Beach.
WRAL Severe Weather Center