A High Rip Current Risk has been issued by the National Weather Service in Wakefield. . This High Rip Current Risk
is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

This will affect beaches from Ocean City to the Outer Banks and include the barrier islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Breaking waves of 4 to 5 ft will result
in rough surf conditions and a high risk of rip currents. This condition could last as long as Sunday.

 

Swimmers are requested to avoid swimming in the ocean until the warning has been lifted.

A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents…longshore currents…sneaker waves and other hazards
create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution
should be used when in or near the water.

There is a high risk of rip currents.

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 jetties and
piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards…beach patrol flags and
signs.

If you become caught in a rip current…relax and float. Don’t
swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following
the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or
wave for help.