NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WVEC) -- Nags Head beaches raise the red flags Thursday alerting swimmers it is not safe to swim.

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.

In a tweet, the Town of Nags Head thanked Tropical Storm Jose.

At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said high surf and rip currents are expected to continue on the east coast of the United States for the next few days.

Tropical Storm Jose is currently stationary about 150 miles southeast from Nantucket, Massachusetts with maximum wind sustained at 60 mph.