Hurricane Katia causing strong rip currents on local beaches

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and many people packed the beaches, hoping to catch some waves on their day off.

But some got more than they bargained for as Hurricane Katia moves across the Atlantic ocean.

"I heard the waves were going to be really good," Buist Kerrison, a surfer, said.

"The storm's coming in, getting some waves," Jason White, said.

"I heard there was going to be a big swell so I just tried it," Owen Ellis, said.

Surfers hit the beach, hoping to ride some waves.

But rip currents associated with Hurricane Katia made conditions dangerous.

Even though the Category 3 storm isn't expected to hit land, she is expected to come within 400 miles of the South Carolina coast, and could bring big waves, beach erosion and rip currents.

Large swells are expected to hit the east coast in the next few days, increasing the danger of rip currents and also increasing the number of surfers hitting the beaches.

Trevor Kane, 13, just started surfing a year ago. He said these waves were bigger than he expected, and the rip current was stronger

"There's a pull. It pulls you left, right and every which way," Kane said.

His friend, Owen Ellis, was actually caught in a rip current earlier in the day

"I didn't fight it, I just let it carry me out," Ellis said.

He said he knows to swim parallel to shore when caught in a rip tide. He said a fun day at the beach can turn deadly if you're not careful.

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