Thursday, February 9, 2023

Beach warning, high sea advisory issued for Monday

WILMINGTON — Heading to the beach this morning? Be aware: The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a beach hazard warning that will be in effect through 9 p.m.

Wind gusts expected to be 15 and 25 M.P.H. and southeasterly waves “will produce a strong longshore current today,” a statement issued early this morning states.

These longshore currents are expected to affect east-facing beaches of Pender, New Hanover, Horry and Georgetown counties.

Beach hazard statements are issued when threats, like longshore currents or rip currents, can create “life-threatening conditions” in the surf zone.

“Caution should be used near the water,” according to the statement.

Other warnings

  • Beaches between Surf City and Duck are also expected to see a high threat of rip currents. This is especially true of the morning hours, in the hours immediately before and after low tide, which will occur between 9 and 10 a.m.

“If caught in a rip current, remain calm,” the statement reads. “Don’t fight the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline (parallel to shore). When out of the rip current, swim back to shore.

“If tired, float or tread water until out of the rip current. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”

  • Gusty winds and seas of 5 to 7 feet have also triggered a small craft advisory from 2 p.m. through 10 a.m. on Tuesday. A small craft advisory means wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and seas 6 feet or higher are expected.

“Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions,” the statement reads.

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