(Posted Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am)
RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle
The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and Town staff have confirmed the dangerous conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. RED FLAGS remain in place today, and the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice. RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.
Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place since Sunday, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.
RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant
Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.
This decision 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 be safe out there!
The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance: