GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Julia may not be directly impacting our region but it is causing quite a mess for our neighbors to the South and angering the Atlantic in the process.
“Rip currents are going to be the biggest threat to our area with this storm,” says National Weather Service Meteorologist Shane Kearns.
Rip currents can be deadly as we’ve seen so far in 2016. The National Weather Service Surf Zone Report says at least four people have died this summer in rip current related incidents in North Carolina. All four of these incidents took place in Eastern North Carolina including a situation in Atlantic Beach, Shackelford Banks, Frisco, and Ocracoke Island.
In 2015, only one person died in a rip current related incident. That situation happened in Emerald Isle. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say beach-goers should be aware of the dangers of Julia.
“Any kind of strong storm or system will start to produce long period swells and that’s the type of wave period that will create rip currents especially if there are breaks in sandbars or jetties,” says Kearns.