Conditions Improving in Emerald Isle, But Moderate Rip Current Risk Remains - RED FLAGs Removed


(Posted Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

FINALLY! Conditions Improving in Emerald Isle, But Moderate Rip Current Risk Remains

Town officials have completed local observations this morning, and are pleased to report gradually improving ocean conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beaches.  The public may resume normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle, however, the Town urges everyone to be cautious when playing in the ocean.  The National Weather Service has issued a moderate rip current warning for Emerald Isle.    

RED FLAGs Removed; YELLOW FLAG Conditions In Place

Town staff are in the process of removing the RED FLAGS this morning, and the Town is returning to YELLOW FLAG conditions.  YELLOW FLAG conditions are the Town's normal designation, as entering the ocean always involves some degree of risk.  The Town flies YELLOW FLAGs at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, Western Ocean Regional Access, at Bogue Inlet Pier, on Town ATVs, and at the two Fire Stations on NC 58, but does not fly the YELLOW FLAGs along the entire beach strand in the same locations as the RED FLAGs.    

BE SAFE!  Know What to Do in a Rip Current!

Although the RED FLAGs have been removed, and the public may again enjoy playing in the ocean, the Town continues to urge caution.  The ocean is among the most enjoyable places to play, but is also inherently dangerous, and everyone is encouraged to be aware of conditions, swim with a friend, remain vigilant in monitoring children, and know what to do if you are caught in a rip current!

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 2, 2018 9:35:00 AM Categories: News