UPDATED: High risk of rip currents today from Duck to Cape Hatteras

A Nags Head lifeguard responds to a swimmer in distress in rough surf conditions. [Photo by Carl Lewis]

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office has issued a high risk of rip currents for beaches from Duck to Cape Hatteras today.

Ocean conditions today will lead to powerful rip currents, and the surf is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.

If caught in a rip current, remain calm and don’t fight the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim back to shore. If tired, float or tread water until you’re able to escape. If you can’t escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

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