Strong rip currents will affect Ocracoke and Hatteras beaches today until 8 PM.
Residual swell energy from post-tropical cyclone Debby are impacting the beaches through late afternoon. Wave heights are between 3 and 4 feet with a long period swell of 8 to 9 seconds.
Also, an excessive heat watch is in effect for most of eastern North Carolina, including Outer Banks Hyde and Mainland Hyde. Dangerous heat index values of 105-115 are expected through the weekend and into Monday during the afternoons and early evenings.
The NWS includes the following precautionary measures to avoid heat-related illness:
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. WEAR LIGHT COLORED CLOTHING... DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY IN THE SHADE IF POSSIBLE...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE WITH WINDOWS DRAWN WITH NO AVAILABLE AIR CONDITIONING. TEMPERATURES INSIDE THE VEHICLE COULD QUICKLY REACH IN EXCESS OF 150 DEGREES WITHIN 15 TO 30 MINUTES OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 9 1 1.