Fiona swells brings high risk rip to all area beaches

By on September 23, 2022

Dare County and NWS Newport/Morehead
September 23 | Morning Beach Conditions

Powerful shorebreak and strong rip/longshore currents keep ocean unsafe for swimming.

HIGH rip current risk at all area beaches today including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village and Ocracoke.  Swells from distant Hurricane Fiona are bringing powerful rip and longshore currents along with high surf and hazardous shorebreak to all ocean beaches from Duck to Ocracoke. Ocean conditions are unsafe for swimming. Obey RED Flags, stay out of the water!

​Strongest rip currents often occur a couple hours either side of low tide, which is around 12:20 pm today.

Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the lower 70s. Breezy. North winds 20 to 25 mph. Water temperatures: Duck Pier…76. Jennettes Pier…77. Oregon Inlet Marina…82. Rodanthe Pier…79. Avon Pier…78.

Ocean Rescue staffing is at off season levels. Most beaches are covered by a roving patrol. If help is needed, know your location and call 911.

More beach safety info at: and


NCDOT NC 12 Update

9/23 at 8 a.m.: NC12 continues to be open and accessible throughout the Outer Banks. Aside from some blown sand and rainwater in spots from last night’s thunderstorms, the roadway is clear. We’ll be out today doing some cleanup and shoring up dunes again, so drive carefully where you see our crews and where there might be some ponding. Again, NC12 remains open to all traffic at this hour.


Coastal Flood Warning and Advisory
Dare County Emergency Management

Hatteras Island is now under a Coastal Flood Warning with inundation of 2 to 3 feet above ground possible for vulnerable beachfront roads and properties on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Areas of concern include Pea Island, Rodanthe, the east of Hatteras Village, and eastern Ocracoke Island. A Coastal Flood Advisory is also in place for the Northern Outer Banks. At last night’s high tide, ocean overwash was seen on Hatteras Island at most of these locations. NC12 did remain open and NCDOT was out clearing sand and debris.

Travel on NC12 during high tide cycles may be difficult and potentially hazardous at vulnerable locations. Please give way to NCDOT crews working to keep the road open and clear. Ocean conditions remain hazardous and will keep the ocean unsafe for swimming most likely into the weekend.




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