Rip currents will pose some risk along the Grand Strand through much of Wednesday, as Tropical Storm Bertha continues to moves away from the area, according to forecasters.
Meteorologist Michael Colby from the National Weather Service called the risk for potentially dangerous currents moderate for Wednesday.
``She’s pulling away pretty quickly now,’’ Colby said of the downgraded storm. ``The waves are calming down.”
It was clear to forecasters Tuesday that the storm was not expected to impact land, but its effects were evident and the National Weather Service issued a high rip current risk alert that was in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Colby said beachgoers should be alert to moderate risk for rip current danger until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water that flow quickly away from shore and occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar or near structures such as groins, jetties and piers, forecasters said.
If you become caught in a rip current, do not panic. Swim parallel to shore to get out of it before attempting to swim back to the beach, forecasters said.
On Tuesday long period swells from Bertha produced three to five foot waves and increase the rip current risk from Surf City, N.C. to Murrells Inlet, according to a rip current statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to the rip current risk, Colby said high temperatures along the Grand Strand could be between 87 and 89 degrees on Wednesday.