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Special Statement, Beach Hazard Statement

Statement as of 9:23 PM EDT on September 20, 2014

Expires 8:00 PM EDT on September 21, 2014


... A band of heavy showers will move across Outer Banks Dare and
Outer Banks Hyde counties through 1015 PM EDT...

At 921 PM EDT... Doppler radar indicated a band of showers along a
line extending from 11 miles east of Cape Hatteras lighthouse to 19
miles south of Hatteras Ferry terminal... moving northwest at 25 mph.

Locations in the path of these showers include... Cape Hatteras
lighthouse... Buxton... Avon pier... Avon... Hatteras Ferry
terminal... Hatteras... Ocracoke lighthouse... Ocracoke Ferry terminal.

Hazards include...
gusty winds of 30 to 40 mph.
Heavy rainfall and minor flooding.

These showers will produce heavy rainfall... which will cause minor
flooding of low lying areas including ditches... creeks... roadways and
areas of poor drainage. Avoid these areas and do not cross flooded
roads. Motorists should also reduce driving speeds to avoid
hydroplaning.


Lat... Lon 3521 7553 3522 7553 3523 7560 3518 7576
      3512 7592 3506 7600 3506 7602 3513 7599
      3523 7567 3522 7567 3527 7560 3528 7554
      3544 7550 3547 7550 3546 7553 3548 7553
      3548 7552 3546 7547
time... Mot... loc 0121z 121deg 23kt 3526 7535 3494 7572


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358 PM EDT Sat Sep 20 2014

... Beach hazards statement now in effect through Sunday evening...

* hazards... high risk of rip currents and strong longshore current
north of Cape Lookout. Dangerous shore break can be expected for
beaches north of Cape Hatteras through Sunday morning.

* Timing and tides... the most likely time for dangerous rip
currents will be a few hours either side of low tide... which
will occur around noon Sunday.

* Potential impacts...

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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 posted near beach
access points and lifeguard stations.

If you become caught in a rip current... do not panic. Remain calm
and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the
force of the rip current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do
not attempt to swim directly against a rip current... since it can
exhaust and even kill the strongest swimmer.

Strong longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip
currents... piers... jetties and other hazardous areas. In many
cases the longshore current is strong enough to prevent swimmers
from being able to keep their feet on the bottom making it
difficult to return to shore.



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