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Dangerous rip currents expected with Hurricane Arthur

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -  Many beach goers are being warned about dangerous water conditions as Hurricane Arthur moves closer to the North Carolina coast.

A lot of the swimmers 9 On Your Side spoke with Wednesday say they can already feel how rough the water has gotten.
     
Lifeguards on the beach say conditions will continue to worsen as Arthur approaches.

Landon Figg has been a lifeguard at Atlantic Beach for 5 years. She says rip currents are always a concern when a hurricane or tropical storm hits the area.     
     
She says after the storm passes is normally when rip currents are most dangerous.
     
With a lot of people flocking to the beach from out of state for the 4th of July, Figg says lifeguards are on high alert.

"We are that much more vigilant when watching the water and how well people are swimming,” said Landon Figg, Atlantic Beach lifeguard. “A lot of people tend to swim out of their comfort zone when they get to go to the beach once a year."

Figg says lifeguards will remain on the beach unless town officials think it will become too dangerous.

Of course, as the storm approaches the area, people are urged to stay out of the water.

What if I’m caught in a rip current?
? Stay calm.
? Don’t fight the current.
? Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle—away from the current—toward shore.
? If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
? If at any time you feel you will be
unable to reach shore, draw attention
to yourself: face the shore, call or
wave for help.

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