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Rip current risk continues along beaches

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A high rip current risk is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday.

The advisory includes coastal Bryan, coastal Chatham, coastal Liberty, coastal McIntosh, Beaufort, coastal Colleton, Charleston and coastal Jasper counties.

It includes, but is not limited to, these beaches: Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Edisto Beach, Hunting Island, Hilton Head and Tybee Island, according to the National Weather Service.

A high risk for rip currents will continue into Monday night as swells associated with distant Hurricane Katia steadily build across the coastal waters. An enhanced rip current risk will continue for several more days, according to the NWS.

A high risk for rip currents implies that wind and or wave conditions support the development of very strong rip currents, according to the NWS. These rip currents will be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties and piers.

Swimmers are advised to pay attention to flags and posted signs.

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