SOUTHERN STORM WATCH: Conditions along the coast


Atlantic Beach is now empty but just hours ago the sun was shining.

Dozens of people were seen walking along the shore, some even daring to jump inside the cold water.

However, the National Weather Service in Newport said people should avoid getting in the ocean on Friday. 

A meteorologist said there is a high risk for rip currents. 

They advise if you are caught in one, your best bet is to not fight the current.

“You should swim parallel to the shoreline until you get out of the rip current and then back inwards, the national sea current should be able to take you in,” said Michael Lee, Meteorologist at NWS.

The Emerald Isle Fire Department said they have had to respond to three fire rescues this week alone.

One of those included someone being a caught in a rip current. 

Since the area is still in its low season, fire departments advise you take caution.

There are no lifeguards on the watch.

The Atlantic Beach Fire Department has placed red flags to warn people of the high rip currents. 

The red flag signifies it is too dangerous to get in the ocean, and the coastal towns are not the only ones impacted by this storm. 

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