Activity in the Tropics Means Rip Current Risks

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There’s a long string of swirly storms on the latest satellite images.  We recommend watching carefully and taking the necessary precautions, including obtaining  stickers for re-entry to the Isle of Palms at City Hall.  (We are heading over there tomorrow after realizing that ours has expired.)  AND, we hear a rumor that there will be anti-hurricane cookies on sale this weekend.  While we investigate those two things, we have noticed that there is an increased danger of rip currents because of the way the storms affect the shoreline.  Below are some links about rip currents and a brochure published by NOAA at USA.gov.  Redistribution is encouraged. On Dewees, rip currents are probably most likely around the sandbars and at the inlets.

Today’s  surf zone forecast for Charleston says:

CHARLESTON-
INCLUDING THE BEACHES OF...CAPE ROMAIN...ISLE OF PALMS...
SULLIVANS ISLAND...FOLLY BEACH...KIAWAH ISLAND
338 AM EDT SUN AUG 29 2010
...HIGH RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS...
RIP CURRENT OUTLOOK...FOR TODAY.
HIGH RISK. WIND AND OR WAVE CONDITIONS SUPPORT DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS. NO ONE SHOULD ENTER THE SURF DUE TO THIS LIFE THREATENING
HAZARD. RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY
AWAY FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN
THE SANDBAR AND IN THE VICINITY OF STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS...
JETTIES AND PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS AND THE BEACH
PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS.
TODAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. EAST WINDS 15 TO
20 MPH.
MONDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. EAST WINDS 10 TO
20 MPH.
SEA WATER TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE MID 80S.

A cool graphic about how to predict weather

More signs you can download and print

An article about rip currents at How Stuff Works

The National Hurricane Center

5 thoughts on “Activity in the Tropics Means Rip Current Risks

  1. There are dozens of news stories from Delaware to Miami of dangerous currents this weekend. At least 250 were pulled from the water in Ocean City, MD. I thought I heard that four swimmers were rescued on area beaches this week, but can’t find the news story online. Rip current dangers are expected to increase again with Earl getting closer.

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