Although Hurricane Chris has been moving toward the Northeast , it is affecting portions of the coasts of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states. Maximum winds approaching 100 mph bringing hard swells and dangerous rip currents. Due to the location and unique geography of the Outer Banks, weather systems can easily batter the coastlines, causing severe damage and flash floods to the island in the blink of an eye.
It may be a surfer’s dream to get out there and catch the swell but imagine staring out into the open water. You are watching wave after wave roll in. Each wave bigger than the last one, causing the tides to rise higher and higher. You look away for just a second and all the sudden the high waters get past the dunes and spill into the roads. One wrong move and you get swept away into the never forgiving waters and rip currents. The high seas churn and stir up commotion and bring dangerous results to the coasts.
Please be careful if you are visiting the Carolinas or Virginia beaches this week. This storm system may be well off the coast, but it is causing a lot of ruckus in the waters and there are beach hazards statements in effect to warn you to be safe and stay out of the waters. Don’t take this warning lightly. It is important to listen and stay safe, these rip currents are no joke.