Weather forecasters issued warnings Monday that there is an increased chance of rip currents in the area through the evening, according to a hazardous weather outlook.
The risk of rip currents is expected at all beaches from Georgetown County to Brunswick County, N.C., according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
In Georgetown, tides were forecast to have swells of 7 to 8 feet, while the surf will be at 4 to 5 feet at beaches in Horry and Brunswick counties, forecasters said. The strongest rip currents are expected to occur around low tide and near jetties and piers. Low tide is expected to be about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, forecasters said. Ocean swimmers should monitor lifeguard activity and beach patrol flags and signs before getting into the water.
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If you are caught in a rip current, do not panic. Swim parallel to shore to get out of the force of the current before trying to swim back to shore, forecasters said.