RIP CURRENT THREAT PAGE

Rip Currents are strong narrow channels of water that flow out to sea...and may be life threatening.

A HIGH or DANGEROUS threat means that weather and ocean conditions are favorable for numerous Rip Currents to form...several of which could be strong...3 to 5 mph seaward pull.

A MODERATE or  INCREASED threat means that weather and ocean conditions are favorable for a greater than normal potential for rip current formation. Usually several rip currents will form...a few may be strong.

A LOW threat means that on any given day in any weather and ocean condition...a few rip currents could form...especially near inlets...jetties...piers and sandbar.
 

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Click here to enlarge this latest rip current forecast                                               This picture shows how rip currents form

Note: The Mid Atlantic beaches referred to on this page are Ocean City...
AssateagueNational Park...Virginia Beach...andCurrituck OuterBanks beachesin North Carolina.

Typically the Beach Season begins on Memorial Day and ends September 30th.

Enjoy the beach this summer...but heed the advice from the lifeguards...they are
the surf experts and there to protect you.