Rip currents prevalent now through much of next week due to approaching Tropical Cyclone Franklin

This image shows a rip current using a harmless green dye. Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes. Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer. [NOAA image]

Tropical Cyclone Franklin is forecast to pass well east of Eastern North Carolina over the next few days, but long period swell combined with high tides will lead to an increased risk of coastal impacts into next week.

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City (NOAA) says dangerous rip currents are expected now through the middle of next week, as well as additional coastal hazards with the highest likelihood Monday and Tuesday, but possibly extending into mid to late-week.

The NOAA also adds that beach erosion and ocean overwash impacts are possible across portions of the Outer Banks. The tropics are becoming active, and this is a good reminder to finish general hurricane season preparations.

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