Kitty Hawk lifeguards warn swimmers as tropical depression roughs up surf conditions

Posted at 7:52 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-28 22:21:32-04

KITTY HAWK, N.C. - Swimmers noticed heavy wave activity along the Outer Banks as Tropical Depression 8 moves North from the tropics.

Surf conditions were rough on Sunday afternoon, causing white water at the beach in Kitty Hawk. The powerful waves crashed along the shoreline and knocked swimmers off their feet.

Locals told News 3 they see this type of wave and wind activity with many types of storm systems, especially in the summer.

The Deputy Director of the Water Rescue Team in Kitty Hawk warned swimmers to stay near lifeguard stands and swim in shallow water where you can touch. Lifeguards anticipate the rip currents to get more severe as the storm system moves closer. They said swimmer can still go in, but be cautious.

The National Hurricane Center advises drivers to use caution while traveling on roads that border the beach. Highway 12 has been known to flood when the tides come in, if there is heavy wave activity.

Surfers said they are looking forward to the next few days of waves if the wind changes direction.