Update: Beach Hazards Statement issued May 21 at 3:35PM EDT until May 21 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS Newport/Morehead City NC

Event: Beach Hazards Statement
Sender Name: NWS Newport/Morehead City NC
Issued: 2020-05-21T15:35:00-04:00
Expires: 2020-05-22T03:45:00-04:00
Description: * WHAT…For the High Surf Advisory, large breaking waves of 6 to
9 feet in the surf zone. For the Coastal Flood Advisory, up to 1
to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low-lying areas
near shorelines and tidal waterways. For the Beach Hazards
Statement, dangerous rip currents and large breaking waves in
the surf zone.

* WHERE…Hatteras Island and Northern Outer Banks.

* WHEN…For the High Surf Advisory, until 11 AM EDT Friday. For
the Beach Hazards Statement, until 8 PM EDT this evening.

* IMPACTS…Flooding of lots, parks, and roads with only
isolated road closures expected. Dangerous swimming and
surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. Rip currents
can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper
water. Dangerous shore break can throw a swimmer or surfer
head first into the bottom causing neck and back injuries.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The most likely time for strong rip
currents to occur is a couple hours either side of low tide,
which will occur around 2 PM Friday.
Instruction: If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be
closed. Do not drive around barricades or through water of
unknown depth. Take the necessary actions to protect flood-prone

Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to
dangerous surf conditions.

Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current remain calm.
Don’t fight the current. Swim in a direction following the
shoreline. When out of the current, swim back to shore. If tired,
float or tread water until out of the rip current. If unable to
escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.
Link to more Info: http://www.weather.gov
Urgency: Expected
Severity: Moderate
Certainty: Likely
Categories: Met,
Area Description: Northern Outer Banks; Hatteras Island

Message Identifier: NWS-IDP-PROD-4225524-3567925
CAP MessageType: Update