No swimming: Red flags go up along Grand Strand beaches

Source: Alex Holley
Source: Alex Holley

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Due to the high risk of dangerous rip currents, red flags are going up across Grand Strand beaches Thursday, warning beachgoers to stay out of the ocean.

Red flags indicate dangerous conditions for swimmers, and are going up at beaches across the Grand Strand, including in Myrtle Beach.

On Thursday morning, the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department tweeted: With the high risk of dangerous Rip Currents today as Hurricane Arthur passes near our coast, please stay out of the ocean along the beach.

The department also warned motorists to watch for ponding in roadways and low-lying areas, as the area has already received some steady rain, which will linger throughout the day.

The path of the storm will remain 50 to 80 miles from the South Carolina coast, but the area will experience high winds and one to two inches of rain throughout the day. Storm activity in Myrtle Beach will peak through the mid to late afternoon.

Red flag warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when rip currents present a significant danger to swimmers.

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