High rip warnings from Duck to Ocracoke today

By on May 20, 2023

(National Weather Service at Newport/Morehead City)
May 20 | Morning Beach Conditions

HIGH rip current risk continues 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.  Powerful rip currents will be present at all ocean beaches. Ocean conditions are unsafe for swimming, stay out of the water!

Strongest rip currents often occur a couple hours either side of low tide, which is around 2:25 pm today.

On the northern beaches expect partly sunny skies, some patchy fog, showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. On Hatteras Island expect mostly cloudy skies, showers and a chance of thunderstorms until 4 pm, then becoming mostly sunny. At all beaches temperatures will be in the mid 70s with a south wind at 10 to 15 mph. Water temperatures: Duck Pier…65. Jennettes Pier…64. Oregon Inlet Marina…66. Avon Pier…70.

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!


  • lee

    Mark I have often wondered why you watches and warnings stop at the dare/ currituck line. Why doesn’t it include the currituck outerbanks. Are the tourist in currituck not worthy? I also thought that maybe the voice is a dare county home news source. But I noticed the map here goes to Hyde county and beyond. Just wondering if you can find out.

    Saturday, May 20 @ 8:58 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Lee, I’m not sure what you are asking.

    Saturday, May 20 @ 10:01 am
  • lee

    Mark I am asking why do the watches and warnings are from duck south. Your article includes every town from duck to Ocracoke with high risk of rip currents. Why do these warning not include Currituck outer banks. I guarantee you the rip currents in currituck is just as bad as duck. You say ocean conditions are unsafe and to stay out of water. How about corolla shouldn’t they be included in this warning or should the tourist there just go in the water. Maybe this question should be ask to the weather service. It should read from virginia line to Ocracoke. Ever wonder if any tourist in corolla might see this warning and think it is ok in corolla because the warning is from duck south.
    Hope you understand what I am asking now.

    Sunday, May 21 @ 8:05 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Thanks for clarifying Lee, we’ll take a look at including the Currituck Outer Banks when that info is available.

    Sunday, May 21 @ 9:24 am