Monday, September 25, 2023

Watch out for rip currents caused by Hurricane Florence

Be aware of the dangers of rip currents (Southside Daily Photo/Courtesy of National Weather Service)

VIRGINIA BEACH — As Hurricane Florence makes its way up the eastern seaboard, the National Weather Service warns that coastal communities such as Virginia Beach are experiencing dangerous rip currents.

“Beaches up and down the Atlantic coast are seeing dangerous rip currents WELL AWAY from the storm – in areas where the weather is otherwise beach-friendly,” a National Weather Service tweet stated.

A color-coded interactive map shows Virginia Beach area beaches at high risk for rip currents, indicated by red line running as far north as Maryland. Area surf is reported at around 10 feet.

“The surf is dangerous for all levels of swimmers,” the website states.

Here are some helpful rip current safety tips from the National Weather Service:

For educational videos rip current safety educational videos, click here.

To keep tabs on Hurricane Florence, click here.

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