(Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am)
RED FLAGS Remain in Place
The National Weather Service has indicated a moderate rip current risk along most of the North Carolina coast, but conditions in Emerald Isle today remain dangerous. Based on local observations, RED FLAGS remain in place in Emerald Isle. RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.
Dangerous Conditions Continue, Swimming Prohibited
Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place for more than a week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water, and Town emergency personnel have responded to several water rescue calls in recent days. These irresponsible individuals are putting themselves, other beach visitors who may be inclined to enter the water to assist them, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily. Thus, the Town is hereby prohibiting swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in Emerald Isle, and violators may be cited. This prohibition does not apply to individuals engaged in surfing or boating activities.
RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant, Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon
The Town hoped that conditions would have improved by now, but conditions remain dangerous in Emerald Isle. The Town remains hopeful that conditions will improve soon, and urges patience on the part of all residents and visitors. We understand the disappointment and frustration that these conditions create, but our first priority is public safety. This disappointment and frustration is not worth your life or another individual's life.
Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and continue consulting the National Weather Service for guidance. Additional guidance will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .
Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current
Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current. Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!
For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast .
To learn more about beach safety, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .
PLEASE HEED THE WARNINGS, and BE SAFE!