Strong rip current advisories at the beach

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The National Weather Service is advising strong rip currents today at the Brunswick County beaches, due to the long period swells from Tropical Storm Fay mixed with easterly winds.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Brunswick’s beaches from 8 a.m. this morning through evening hours. Beaches facing both east and south are expected to see the highest risk for rip currents, most likely occurring at low tide between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, but the beaches experienced similar currents on Thursday before low tide.

Rip currents are strong channels of water that flow away from the beach, which pose danger to those who enter the surf. If caught in one, remain calm and swim parallel to the shore. Once out of the current’s force, start swimming back to the beach. Swimming against a rip current can cause exhaustion and pose a safety threat.