The South Point of Ocracoke Island. Photo: P. Vankevich

Coastal hazards that have plagued the Outer Banks in the past couple of weeks will continue especially from mid-week onward.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a warning Monday morning that ocean conditions this week are forecast to be dangerous along all beaches due to distant Hurricane Lee. Visitors are urged to avoid swimming in the ocean until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service reported Sunday to prepare for dangerous rip currents, beach erosion, large breaking waves, ocean overwash and coastal flooding as Hurricane Lee is expected to pass by well out to sea.

Last week there were three water-related deaths on the Outer Banks, which experienced high surf and rip currents. People should refrain from going into the ocean during these times.

Updated information over the next few days can be found on the local tropical page and the National Hurricane Center.

NWS encourages people to review their hurricane preparedness page

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