High rip current risk, small craft advisory through Sunday night

High rip current risk, small craft advisory through Sunday night

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The National Weather service in Wilmington has issued a Beach Hazard statement through Sunday night. This includes all coastal waters of Horry and Georgetown counties. Strong north winds of 15-20 miles per hour with gust to 25 miles per hour will continue to churn surf and bring dangerous swimming conditions to the area .

A  rip current statement has been put out by the NWS as well warning of the high risk for rip currents. Swimming is not advised through the weekend. A strong long shore current will make swimming tough for even the strongest of swimmers. Not to mention the 4 foot waves that will be crashing in fast sets making for a not so pleasant beach day.

Rip currents are possible throughout the entire day but the best chance to see rip currents is within a 2 hour window of low tide. Low tide is set to occur in Myrtle Beach around 1:30 PM on Sunday meaning anytime between 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM with be especially hazardous. 

Also, a small craft advisory is in place for our coastal waters. The high winds will make waves offshore crest at 5 to 7 feet. It will be a good idea to check with your charter captains before heading out on the water.

Although tomorrow will prove to be a nice beach day. Stay clear of going more then ankle deep in the waters.

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