It’s Rip Current Preparedness Week: What you need to know

GREENVILLE, N.C (WNCT) – The week of June 4th through June 10th, 2017 has been declared rip current preparedness week by the governor of North Carolina. Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore and are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, especially for weak or non swimmers. Even on days when the local weather is tranquil, distant storms may produce swells that bring an increased risk of rip currents to local beaches. On average, more people die every year from rip currents than from shark attacks, tornadoes, lightning or even hurricanes. According to the United…