rip current

noun

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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Humberto is also causing rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the U.S. Atlantic coast from central Florida northward to North Carolina. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Humberto 2019: Bermuda now in the path as Humberto gets stronger," 16 Sep. 2019 The park service said the cause of death was unknown but that a high risk of rip currents had been forecast for most of the beaches along Hatteras National Seashore on Sunday. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "20 dead in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian threatens historic floods in Carolinas," 5 Sep. 2019 Swimmers should beware of strong rip currents along the San Diego County coastline on Monday and Tuesday, especially at South-facing beaches, says the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Strong rip currents expected at San Diego County beaches Monday and Tuesday," 14 July 2019 Even today, while the weather might seem great, the system churning offshore in the northern Gulf of Mexico is already creating high surf and dangerous rip currents for a great number of Gulf beaches. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tropical Storm Barry: What we know today; path, timing; Gulf Coast beaches remain closed," 12 July 2019 The storm also elevates the risk of rip currents along area beaches. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "High winds, lightning advisory in the Houston area Sunday afternoon," 16 June 2019 Meanwhile, potentially life-threatening rough surf and rip currents continued on the northern Gulf Coast after Alberto rolled up big waves and tides along the coast. Washington Post, "Alberto after landfall: Threat of heavy rains, flooding," 28 May 2018 By afternoon, a dozen SUVs and pickup trucks were parked on the popular beach, a rare safe place to swim along the Lost Coast, which is known for its rip currents and shore-breaking waves. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "On California’s Lost Coast: Sea Lions, Surf and Squiggly Roads," 31 Aug. 2019 Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are expected as swells are likely to begin affecting the eastern shores of the Bahamas, the Florida East Coast and the southeastern U.S. over the next few days. CBS News, "Dorian expected to be "extremely dangerous" as it heads for U.S. — live updates," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rip current

1936, in the meaning defined above

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