Forecasters warn of rip currents along Carolinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Forecasters say a low pressure system off the Carolinas coast could mean rip currents along beaches in the two states.

The National Weather Services advises that beach swimmers should use caution Tuesday.

The combination of the low pressure system and higher than normal tides as a result of the full moon could mean rip currents, especially around the time of low tide about midday.

Rip currents are narrow channels of water that pull swimmers away from the beach.

If caught in a rip current, people should swim along the shoreline. Officials say swimmers should then swim at an angle away from the current toward shore. They warn that swimming directly against a rip current can lead to exhaustion and drowning.

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