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Danger of Rip Currents

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:35 AM

Rip currents are said to be the number one safety threat at ocean beaches.  Rip currents are fast, powerful channels of water flowing away from the beach and and out past the breaking waves.  These strong currents can quickly grab people in the water and drag them out far from the shoreline.

Rip currents can be hard to spot.  Please use caution if you see:

1.  A channel of churning, choppy water

2.  An area of water with a noticeable difference in color

3.  A line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea

4.  A break in the incoming wave pattern.

Please click the link below to view an informative video and read how to escape if you get caught by a rip current.


Let's all have a safe summer at the coast.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill