PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The National Weather Service has issued beach hazards statements for the coast of Virginia Beach and along the Outer Banks and Currituck County.
“A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip currents…longshore currents…large breaking waves and other hazards are possible,” the statement said. “Caution should be used when in or near the water.”
Rip currents are strong, narrow channels of water flowing out to sea and can be life-threatening to those caught in them.
If you become caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Stay calm and try to swim parallel to the beach until you get away from the rip current. Then, swim at an angle to shore. Don’t try to swim against the current.