Rip currents, high water levels likely from King Tide, Beryl swell

By on July 13, 2018

This morning at Jennette’s Pier. (Jennette’s Pier/Surfline)

Tidal levels will be higher and lower than normal through Saturday, and long-period swells from the remnants of Beryl passing between the Outer Banks and Bermuda is amplifying the rip current risk for all area beaches.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast by the National Weather Service for Friday, and everyone is advised to stay out of the ocean.

Numerous rescues of swimmers were reported Thursday off Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.


A coastal flood advisory has been issued for north of Cape Hatteras from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, as water levels with the evening high tide are expected to be around a foot above normal.

The moon will be at its closest point in its monthly elliptical orbit to Earth and will in the new moon phase, creating the third of four King Tides this year, according to the North Carolina King Tides Project.

Also known as a perigean spring tide, the final King Tide of 2018 will be Aug. 9 through 12.

To access the updated beach forecast from the National Weather Service, visit and click on the umbrella for your area.



  • Runnerguy45

    To the Voice, I am very grateful for articles like this as it helps me prepare for a day at the beach.
    Local journalism is essential to a vibrant community.
    I’ve lived here for 12 years and had no idea what a “King Tide” was until today. Thanks !!

    Friday, Jul 13 @ 10:19 am
  • Bud

    That is good news! Summer is usually flat for three months.

    Sunday, Jul 15 @ 8:36 am
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