Dangerous rip currents likely through the weekend

As WNCT 9 First Alert Weather meteorologists continue to track a developing area of low pressure of the South Carolina coast, dangerous surf conditions will be possible throughout the holiday weekend.

Track the latest developments on the storm here and get your full First Alert Weather forecast here.

Over the weekend, intermittent showers are possible along with a slight chance of isolated tornadoes and/or waterspouts. Also, dangerous rip currents are expected along coastal areas of the Carolinas.

So what do you do if you get caught in a rip current?

  • If you are swimming in the ocean and feel yourself being pulled out to sea, you might be caught in a rip current.
  • The best advice is to remain calm. Don’t panic. And don’t fight against the current as this will tire you out.
  • Swim parallel to the beach to escape the rip current.
  • Once you’re free, you can swim back to shore.
  • If you can’t escape the rip current, you should attempt to float or calmly tread water. You’ll eventually reach an area where the effects of the rip current have dissipated. Then you can swim at an angle back to sure.
  • Draw attention to yourself by waiving your arms and yelling for help if you still can’t get out of the rip current.
  • Remember to always swim at a beach that has lifeguards or a beach patrol.

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