Posted by Debra Worley - email
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Emergency Services hosted a conference call Friday morning to discuss potential effects from Hurricane Bill passing off-shore.
According to Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson, some of the beach towns may experience some minor coastal flooding during high tide. Additionally, Thompson said there will be a stronger police presence on the beach strand since there are no lifeguards.
According to a press release sent by BCES, the county is expecting wave heights to reach four to five feet above normal beginning early Saturday morning and lasting through late Sunday afternoon. During this same time is when the rip current threat will be at its highest.
The National Weather Service has issued both a High Surf Advisory and a High Risk of Rip Currents Advisory for the entire Brunswick County coastline. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
If you become caught in a rip current remember to stay calm. Swim parallel to the beach to escape the current then use the waves to get back to the shore. Do not swim directly against the current since it can exhaust or kill even the strongest swimmer.