Hurricane Bill forces lifeguards to prepare for red flag warning

Posted by Debra Worley - email

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Though Hurricane Bill weakened Thursday, parts of southeastern North Carolina are expected to still feel the storm.

Lifeguards at Carolina Beach said there will be strong rip currents and a high surf along the coast, which will last until Sunday.  All of the beach's lifeguards will be working.

"We'd like to see the people be most cautious, with this storm being offshore," said Cpl. Simon Sanders with Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue.  "We've already had a few incidents this summer, so we're just going to be as proactive as we can."

Sanders said lifeguards will try to stop people from swimming in the ocean if rip currents become too strong.

Beach officials are asking beachgoers and residents to use extra caution this weekend, as ocean swells associated with Bill are expected to impact the coast.

These swells will cause dangerous rip currents, high surf and hazardous boating conditions at area inlet entrances.  The swells are projected to reach 10 ft and conditions will be compounded by a new moon tide.

For more information about ocean and rip current safety, please speak with a lifeguard or click here.

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