VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Red flags are flying at all Virginia Beach beaches and Sandbridge beach Saturday.
Virginia Beach tweeted saying this is due to the rough surf.
Anyone attempting to get into the water is asked to check with a lifeguard before going in.
Red flags flying at all oceanfront beaches and Sandbridge beach today due to rough surf. Ck with lifeguards before attempting to go in H2O. pic.twitter.com/ETPp0n5TtO— Virginia Beach (@CityofVaBeach) September 16, 2017
The red flags warn that dangerous rip currents could be lurking underneath the choppy waves. They are powerful currents of water that move away from the shore, and can pull swimmers with them.
Red flags flying today at all beaches due to rough surf, high winds & high risk of rip currents. Check with lifeguards before going in H2O. pic.twitter.com/5b8kZGvye2— Virginia Beach (@CityofVaBeach) September 10, 2017
The U.S. Lifesaving Association says rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues and 100 drownings each year.
If you're at the beach and see the red flags, check with lifeguards on duty for the latest status.