RED FLAGS Again Today - Public Still Advised to Stay Out of Ocean


Town Remains Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon

(Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

RED FLAGS Again Today in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and RED FLAGS remain in place. 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 for more than a week, 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, Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon

The National Weather Service anticipates that conditions creating the high rip current risk may abate later this week.  The Town is hopeful that conditions will improve and allow a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle very soon.  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 for guidance.

Additional guidance will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( ), 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 ), and via text message alerts - sign up at .

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 . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:41:00 AM Categories: News