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Rainy weather brings out red flags on our beaches

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EMERALD ISLE, N.C. -

Fourth of July is fast approaching, and thousands of people are expected to hit our coast this week.

Instead of sunny skies, the wind and rain is bringing out red flags in Emerald Isle. The flags warn people not to swim in the water.

9 On Your Side talked to our own expert, chief meteorologist, David Sawyer, to find out how the stormy weather is affecting our beaches.

"The winds and the wave action have prompted more rough surf conditions and those rough surf conditions cause more rip currents," said Sawyer.

Though the red flags are out - not everyone is paying attention to their warning. On Monday evening, dozens of people took their bogey boards and surf boards out in the water.

"They put the red flags up yesterday, so no one's really been in the water, but I just wanted to go out and catch a few ways. I was little skeptical the other day, but I said screw it I'm just going to go in,"  said surfer Ryan Hutchinson.

According to The United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues. So far this year at least four people have drowned off our coast.

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