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  • High Surf Advisory Mainland Dare, North Carolina

    Start: 10/23/2020 4:03:00 AM
    End: 10/25/2020 8:00:00 AM
    NCZ203-205-232015- /O.CON.KMHX.SU.Y.0014.000000T0000Z-201025T1200Z/ /O.CON.KMHX.BH.S.0054.000000T0000Z-201024T0100Z/ Northern Outer Banks-Hatteras Island- 403 AM EDT Fri Oct 23 2020 ...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT SUNDAY... ...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING... * WHAT...For the High Surf Advisory, large breaking waves of 5 to 9 feet in the surf zone. For the Beach Hazards Statement, dangerous rip currents and large breaking waves in the surf zone. * WHERE...The beaches north of Cape Hatteras. * WHEN...For the High Surf Advisory, until 8 AM EDT Sunday. For the Beach Hazards Statement, through this evening. * IMPACTS...Dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Dangerous shore break can throw a swimmer or surfer head first into the bottom causing neck and back injuries. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The most likely time for strong rip currents to occur is a couple hours either side of low tide, which will occur around 7 to 8 AM today. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current remain calm. Don't fight the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the 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. Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beach. It is extremely important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all times.