Rip current threat continues through weekend

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday and a high rip current risk remains in effect through Sunday night.

The advisory has been issued for these Georgia counties: Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Glynn, McIntosh. It also includes these South Carolina counties: Jasper and Beaufort.

Long period swell being generated by distant hurricane Igor will continue to affect the coast through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Breaking wave heights could reach as high as 4 to 6 feet along the beaches of south coastal South carolina and 4 to 5 feet along the beaches of north coastal Georgia through Monday.

The rough surf is capable of producing large, battering waves and could also lead to areas of beach erosion through Monday especially around times of high tide. Locations particularly vulnerable to beach erosion include Wild Dunes, Folly Beach, Edisto Beach, Hunting Island, Fripp Island, Tybee Island, Saint Catherines Island and Sapelo Island.

These swells will create strong and potentially life-threatening rip currents. No one should enter the surf, according to the NWS. An elevated rip current risk will continue into early this week.

Swimmers who get caught in a rip current should swim parallel to shore. Once away from the force of the rip current, begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

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