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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She and two other students on Saturday went for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea when they got caught in a rip current. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Missing University of Kentucky student found dead after midnight swim in Israel, family says," 31 July 2018 The storm’s first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as dangerous rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence," 10 Sep. 2018 Large swells are expected in Bermuda and portions of the East Coast that could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Florence strengthens into a hurricane, threatens to hit Southeast US," 2 Oct. 2018 On the beaches of the Northeast, rip currents take more lives than sharks do: The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that these currents kill 100 people a year in the U.S. alone, and account for 80 percent of beach rescues. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "Should I Worry About Sharks in the Northeast?," 21 Sep. 2018 Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast will continue this week, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence: what we know about the powerful storm heading for the Carolinas," 10 Sep. 2018 Now, a new set of studies offers a gut-check on funky claims, ripping current probiotics as likely ineffective at boosting health and potentially even causing harm. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days. Alix Langone, Time, "This Is Hurricane Chris' Path and Forecast," 10 July 2018 The National Weather Service said the rip current threat along the Alabama coast should remain high through today, with moderate currents forecast for the remainder of the week. Leada Gore,, "Beach conditions: Red flags fly in Gulf Shores due to potentially dangerous surf," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rip current

1936, in the meaning defined above

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