Arthur's Widest Effects? Dangerous Rip Currents - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Arthur's Widest Effects? Dangerous Rip Currents

Posted: Updated:
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP)- Even beachgoers hundreds of miles from Hurricane Arthur's path are facing the danger of rip currents. The storm is churning up big waves all along the Atlantic coast, changing the way water moves near shore. About 100 people each year in the U.S. drown because of rip currents, and about 80 percent of swimmers who must be rescued in the ocean are caught in them, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit lifeguard group. Here are five things to know about rip currents:
    
___
    
WHAT IS A RIP CURRENT?
    
A rip current is a channel of water that flows out into the ocean from shore. The motion and waves of the ocean are constantly changing the sand on the bottom. Water going back out to sea takes the shortest path and sometimes all that water flows into a narrow area, like a depression between two sand bars, creating a rip current that can pull swimmers away from shore. Rip currents can be anywhere from about the length of a car to over half a football field, said Monty Reed, lifeguard coordinator for North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    
___
    
IS IT THE SAME AS AN UNDERTOW?
    
It is not an undertow. A rip current will pull swimmers out to sea, but won't pull them under, Reed said. The currents are temporary and follow the dips and rises of the ocean floor instead of a constant flow. That's why the term "rip tide" is a misnomer, because tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.
    
___
    
WHAT IF YOU GET CAUGHT BY A RIP CURRENT?
    
If you have a boogie board or other flotation device, hold on, Reed said. The current won't pull you under. "People drown from fear and panic. They don't know what to do. They will dump their boogie boards and go under," Reed said. Instead, ride it out. The water will eventually stop pulling out. Or, swim parallel to shore to get out of the rip current. But don't swim against it. Some rip currents flow at 8 feet per second, which is faster than Olympic swimmers.
    
___
    
IS IT SAFE TO SWIM ONCE ARTHUR PASSES?
    
Friday could be a dangerous day at the beach even with Hurricane Arthur moving away. The churning waves from the storm will create new sandbars and depressions, causing rip currents to pop up suddenly, Reed said. Lifeguards are bracing for a busy day as the weather will be sunny and the Fourth of July beckons people to take day trips.
    
___
    
HOW CAN I STAY SAFE?
    
Reed said it is always best to swim near a lifeguard stand. Also, talk to lifeguards, who can tell you how bad conditions are before you get in the water. And listen to their advice. Reed is working Friday and plans to tell swimmers not to get in above their knees or waist, depending on the conditions. "Stay close to shore, where you can manage yourself in the waves, and that will keep everyone safe," Reed said.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Lincoln Man Robbed While Walking Along Road

    Lincoln Man Robbed While Walking Along Road

    09/21/2017 12:51:00 -04:002017-09-21 16:51:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:37:07 GMT
    Photo: Wboc ImagePhoto: Wboc Image
    Delaware State Police are currently investigating a robbery from a man while he was walking along a roadway southeast of Lincoln.More
    Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a man walking along a roadway southeast of Lincoln.More
  • Settlement Reached in Milton Political Sign Case

    Settlement Reached in Milton Political Sign Case

    09/21/2017 13:11:00 -04:002017-09-21 17:11:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:33:47 GMT
    One of Penny NIckerson's signs she had placed in her yard in Milton, Del.One of Penny NIckerson's signs she had placed in her yard in Milton, Del.
    The town of Milton, Del. on Thursday announced a settlement has been reached with a woman who filed an ACLU lawsuit with the town over the placement of political signs on her property.More
    The town of Milton, Del. on Thursday announced a settlement has been reached with a woman who filed an ACLU lawsuit with the town over the placement of political signs on her property.More
  • Police Investigate Burglary at Wesley Chapel in Dover

    Police Investigate Burglary at Dover Chapel

    09/21/2017 11:53:00 -04:002017-09-21 15:53:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-09-21 16:45:01 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Wesley Chapel early Thursday morning.More
    Dover police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Wesley Chapel early Thursday morning.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Former NFL Cheerleader Completes Weekend Del. Prison Stays

    Former NFL Cheerleader Completes Weekend Del. Prison Stays

    09/21/2017 04:07:00 -04:002017-09-21 08:07:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 4:10 AM EDT2017-09-21 08:10:21 GMT
    A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware no longer has to report every other weekend to a Delaware prison facility.More
    A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware no longer has to report every other weekend to a Delaware prison facility.More
  • Woman Arrested In Newark Home Invasion

    Woman Arrested In Newark Home Invasion

    09/20/2017 22:25:00 -04:002017-09-21 02:25:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-09-21 02:36:24 GMT
    Courtesy of New Castle County PoliceCourtesy of New Castle County Police
    New Castle County Police have arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Noone in connection to the home invasion that occurred in the community of Stones Throw Townhouses this morning.More
    New Castle County Police have arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Noone in connection to the home invasion that occurred in the community of Stones Throw Townhouses this morning.More
  • 39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    09/20/2017 04:11:00 -04:002017-09-20 08:11:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-09-20 14:51:57 GMT

    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna leads to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.

    More

    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna, Del. has led to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices