rip current


Definition of rip current 

: a strong usually narrow surface current flowing outward from a shore that results from the return flow of waves and wind-driven water

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These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Chris predicted to strengthen to a hurricane by Tuesday off the coast of the Carolinas," 9 July 2018 In addition to the surf, strong rip currents could pose a danger to swimmers, forecasters said. Hannah Fry,, "Extreme heat wave, high surf expected to send many to the beach," 4 July 2018 But most beachgoers heeded the warnings and steered clear of the water, fearing dangerous rip currents. CBS News, "As Alberto drenches the Gulf Coast, inland flooding is now the focus," 29 May 2018 Dunham said several beaches, including Horseneck Beach in Westport and others on Cape Cod, had moderate rip currents in the morning. Katie Camero And Travis Andersen,, "Moderate risks for rip currents off Mass. coast as Hurricane Chris travels northeast," 11 July 2018 The greatest impacts at this point will be increased dangerous rip currents and swells along the beaches of the Southeast and southern Mid-Atlantic states. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Beryl downgraded to a tropical storm; separate storm off Carolina coast also weakens," 7 July 2018 Another death has been reported this week in the waters off the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and deadly rip currents are again being blamed. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "For the second time this week, someone has died in the waters off NC's Cape Hatteras," 6 June 2018 Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause dangerous rip currents. Tamara Lush And Rebecca Santana,, "Florida panhandle braces for impact as Alberto approaches," 27 May 2018 Swells from #Alberto will create dangerous rip currents along parts of the Gulf Coast, posing a threat to beachgoers over the #MemorialDay weekend. Ben Estes,, "Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to turn north soon: latest update," 26 May 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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