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Coastal Flood Statement
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
345 PM EDT THU OCT 16 2014

...STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND HIGH SURF NORTH OF CAPE LOOKOUT THROUGH
FRIDAY...

.LONG PERIOD SOUTHEASTERLY SWELL FROM DISTANT HURRICANE GONZALO WILL
IMPACT THE OUTER BANKS THROUGH FRIDAY CREATING STRONG RIP CURRENTS
AND 4 TO 6 FOOT SURF WHICH WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS ALONG THE BEACHES NORTH OF CAPE LOOKOUT.

NCZ095-103-104-170900-
/O.NEW.KMHX.BH.S.0026.141017T0000Z-141018T0000Z/
CARTERET-OUTER BANKS DARE-OUTER BANKS HYDE-
345 PM EDT THU OCT 16 2014

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING
THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING NORTH OF CAPE LOOKOUT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY HAS ISSUED
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* HAZARDS...STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND 4 TO 6 FOOT BREAKING SURF.

* LOCATION...ALONG BEACHES NORTH OF CAPE LOOKOUT.

* TIMING AND TIDES...THE MOST LIKELY TIME FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS
  TO OCCUR ARE SEVERAL HOURS EITHER SIDE OF LOW TIDE... WHICH WILL
  OCCUR AROUND 9 AM FRIDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE
SANDBAR AND IN THE VICINITY OF STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS...JETTIES
AND PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS AND THE BEACH PATROL. PAY
ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS POSTED NEAR BEACH ACCESS
POINTS AND LIFEGUARD STATIONS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE
FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT...BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT...SINCE IT CAN
EXHAUST AND EVEN KILL THE STRONGEST SWIMMER.

SHORE BREAK OCCURS WHEN WAVES BREAK DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH. THE
MOST COMMON INJURIES WITH STRONG SHORE BREAK ARE NECK AND BACK
INJURIES...WHICH MOST OFTEN OCCUR WHEN THE POWERFUL SURF THROWS A
SWIMMER OR SURFER HEAD FIRST INTO THE BOTTOM. IT IS EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOUR HEAD AND NECK WHENEVER YOU ARE IN
BREAKING WAVES BY KEEPING YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF YOU AT ALL TIMES.

&&

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PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW RIP CURRENT HAZARD...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=RCVTECCHM





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