Tropical storm approaching ahead of the 2020 hurricane season; rip current safety information updated

Tropical storm approaching ahead of the 2020 hurricane season; rip current safety information updated
Know your options when faced with rip currents (SOURCE: NC Sea Grant (Source: NCSU Sea Grant)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Tropical Storm Arthur is forming off the southeast coast meaning NC beaches will potentially see strong rip currents and other dangerous surf conditions this weekend.

Knowing your options when faced with rip currents is essential for beachgoers along the North Carolina shoreline.

“North Carolina’s beach communities, offices of the National Weather Service (NWS), North Carolina Sea Grant, state and federal parks, and other organizations have joined forces again to provide useful information to keep beach-goers safe in the surf and on shore,” explains Spencer Rogers, who has been a leader in state and national safety efforts for more than 40 years.

Rip currents are common and can catch people off-guard so this year, North Carolina Sea Grant has printed updated materials in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Lifesaving Association.

Sea Grant recently shipped brochures to various organizations in beach towns.

Additional metal signs and magnets are available through the Sea Grant bookstore.

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