Coastal Flood Warnings/Watches/Statements
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE FOR NORTH CAROLINA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
449 AM EDT THU MAY 7 2015

...HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF FOR AREA BEACHES
THROUGH FRIDAY...

.AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL LIFT ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST AND
LINGER INTO THE WEEKEND. PERSISTENT ONSHORE WINDS AND INCREASING
SWELL ENERGY WILL LEAD TO A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS WITH ROUGH
SURF AND DANGEROUS SHOREBREAK TODAY. MINOR BEACH EROSION WILL BE
POSSIBLE FOR AREAS SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.

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449 AM EDT THU MAY 7 2015

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS
EVENING...
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM
EDT FRIDAY SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY HAS ISSUED
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING
TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY.

* HAZARDS...HIGH THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF.

* LOCATION...ALL BEACHES.

* SURF HEIGHT...BREAKING WAVES WILL BUILD TO 6 TO 9 FEET TONIGHT
  SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS.

* TIMING AND TIDES...THE MOST LIKELY TIME FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS
  TO OCCUR IS A FEW HOURS EITHER SIDE OF LOW TIDE. LOW TIDE WILL
  BE AROUND 4 PM EDT TODAY.

* IMPACTS...LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL BE DANGEROUS TO ANYONE WHO
  ENTERS THE SURF. MINOR BEACH EROSION WILL BE POSSIBLE SOUTH OF
  CAPE HATTERAS.

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.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING STRONG SHORE BREAK...DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.

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