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Update: Red flags now issued at Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach

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Photo by Charles Slate cslate@thesunnews.com

Following Myrtle Beach officials, Surfside Beach authorities recently issued red flag warnings along the shore, banning swimming in the area.

Myrtle Beach authorities issued a red flag alert on Tuesday morning because of rough ocean conditions, which means no swimming is allowed.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., have issued a warning saying there is a moderate rip current risk through Tuesday afternoon for coastal Horry County and coastal Brunswick County, N.C.

This is the second day in a row beachgoers have seen the red flag warnings prohibiting swimming.

On Monday the warnings were also in effect, and forecasters with the weather service had issued rip current warnings in effect until 8 p.m. that evening.

Rain continued along the Grand Strand Tuesday morning just as Mark Bacon, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that it would on Monday.

“After tomorrow it should dry out and get hot,” Bacon said on Monday.

Area lifeguards will have the final say on swimming conditions Tuesday, Bacon said.

“If the lifeguards are out there tomorrow in real time and see that it’s bad, then they can raise the red flag,” Bacon said.

Residents and visitors should check with lifeguards, beach patrol officers or look for flags or signs posted on the beaches about swimming conditions.

If you get caught in a rip current, yell for help, but remain calm, officials said. Do not try to swim against a rip current. Do not exhaust yourself; stay afloat.

If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and back toward the beach when possible.

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