Expect high rip currents, powerful swell across all Eastern NC beaches into this weekend

[Courtesy NOAA]

As Hurricane Earl continues to strengthen in the western Atlantic, it will produce increasing long period swell along the North Carolina coast. As a result an extended period of life threatening rip currents is expected for all Eastern North Carolina beaches through this weekend and likely into early next week.

Some of this swell is already reaching the coast, and will result in an elevated rip current threat today, Wednesday, September 7.