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.

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.

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.