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A weak low pressure system near the east coast of Florida could gradually strengthen as it moves northeast and passes off the coast of North Carolina, per an update from the National Weather Service.

No significant impacts for the Outer Banks are expected, however, there may be a heightened risk of rip currents on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15.

The system will remain well offshore, with a 20% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, and is expected to move out of the area by Saturday.

The public should check surf and swimming conditions before heading to the beach, and the daily beach forecast at www.weather.gov/beach/mhx includes rip current risk levels, and information about other hazards along the shoreline.

In addition, the public can visit Dare County’s Love The Beach, Respect The Ocean website for current risks and additional info about rip current safety. Visitors can also sign up for ocean safety text messages by texting OBXBeachConditions to 77295.

For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for general weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.

Rip current forecast for Thursday

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