332  
WHUS42 KMHX 101453  
CFWMHX  
 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC  
1053 AM EDT MON MAY 10 2021  
 
NCZ195-196-199-204-205-110000-  
/O.CON.KMHX.BH.S.0007.000000T0000Z-210511T0000Z/  
WEST CARTERET-EAST CARTERET-COASTAL ONSLOW-OCRACOKE ISLAND-  
HATTERAS ISLAND-  
1053 AM EDT MON MAY 10 2021  
 
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS  
EVENING...  
 
* WHAT...DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS IN  
THE SURF ZONE.  
 
* WHERE...THE BEACHES FROM OREGON INLET TO CAPE LOOKOUT, AND  
CRYSTAL COAST BEACHES.  
 
* WHEN...UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING.  
 
* IMPACTS...RIP CURRENTS CAN SWEEP EVEN THE BEST SWIMMERS AWAY  
FROM SHORE INTO DEEPER WATER. STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS WILL  
CREATE DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...THE MOST LIKELY TIME FOR STRONG RIP  
CURRENTS TO OCCUR IS A COUPLE HOURS EITHER SIDE OF LOW TIDE,  
WHICH WILL OCCUR AROUND 1 PM.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT REMAIN CALM.  
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 OUT OF THE RIP CURRENT. IF UNABLE TO  
ESCAPE, FACE THE SHORE AND CALL OR WAVE FOR HELP.  
 
STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS CAN SWEEP SWIMMERS AND SURFERS INTO RIP  
CURRENTS, PIERS, JETTIES AND OTHER HAZARDOUS AREAS. IN MANY  
CASES, THE LONGSHORE CURRENT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO PREVENT SWIMMERS  
FROM BEING ABLE TO KEEP THEIR FEET ON THE BOTTOM MAKING IT  
DIFFICULT TO RETURN TO SHORE.  
 

 
 

 
 
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