The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a high rip current risk, which is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening.
Southeasterly winds 10 to 20 mph and swells of 4 to 5 feet will create breaking waves along the coast between 3 to 4 feet.
The strongest rip currents will occur within two hours on either side of low tide, about 11:30am, and Near jetties and piers.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties, and piers.
Pay attention to lifeguards and beach patrol officers, along with flags and posted signs.
If you become caught in a rip current, do not panic. Remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current, begin to swim back to the beach.