Beware if you’re headed to the beach today.
The surf is expected to be rough with a moderate risk of rip current and strong longshore currents today, according to officials with the National Weather Service.
A statement warning about hazardous beach conditions was issued by the Weather Service about 5 a.m. Wednesday for Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina and Pender and New Hanover counties in North Carolina in effect until 9 p.m.
Weather authorities also are warning of strong winds from the north expected to be about 20 miles per hour with even higher gusts.
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Officials said the highest risk of rip currents will be two hours before and after low tide, which was about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The surf is also expected to reach heights of 3 to 4 feet.
The strong north to south longshore currents could cause swimmers to drift quickly, forecasters said.
Officials advised staying in shallow water and said swimmers should pay close attention to their location on the beach.