Rip current risk high along Crystal Coast beaches

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – The big story in Atlantic Beach Tuesday was how quiet it was for much of the day.

Most at the Crystal Coast enjoyed a nice beach day.

The sun peaked out for much of the afternoon despite the storm warning flag flying. An umbrella also went flying at one point.

A lot of people came out to the beach Tuesday to check out what was going on for themselves. Many of them were surprised especially by the lack of waves and by just how beautiful of an afternoon it was.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder said the ocean earlier Tuesday was as flat as he had seen it all week. In fact, he compared it to a lake.

But the surf could still be a problem. The rip current risk remains high up and down the coast.

In fact, 3 people got caught up in a rip current on Ocracoke Tuesday; a father and his 2 children.

It’s a perfect illustration of how dangerous the surf could be with the tropical system passing the North Carolina coast.

Shore break right at the shoreline is also expected to be a problem. Head and neck injuries are common with that.

The bottom line is to take care in the water until the system passes on Wednesday.

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