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Beach Patrol Warns Of Dangerous Rip Currents, Even After Storm Passes

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DELMARVA - The weather should clear-up early Friday afternoon, but even after Hurricane Arthur passes, officials are warning about the potential for dangerous rip currents.

More than 100 Americans are killed each year by rip currents, which are the reason for about 80 percent of beach rescues according to the United States Lifesaving Association.

Experts say clear skies don't necessarily mean you're in the clear.  The storm can be miles away,  but there still might be that danger lurking in the water.

"We call them flash rips sometimes. You get a big wave coming in all of a sudden, where there hasn't been a rip.  You get a fast flowing rip that suddenly appears and that's the problem," says Butch Arbin, Captain for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. 

He goes on to warn "rip currents are not our only danger.  If the waves are building and breaking on the beach, we call that shore break.  That means the waves are breaking with all their force, right on the beach in the impact zone...that's the worst place to be, so people riding boogie boards, standing in the shore break, or body surfing, that's a dangerous place to be."

Two people already died in Ocean City this season, after getting caught up in rip currents.

Beach patrol is reminding everyone to only swim when a lifeguard is on duty.

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