How to stay safe as Hurricane Arthur causes dangerous rip currents all along the East Coast

  • by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 4, 2014 - 9:55 AM

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Even beachgoers hundreds of miles from Hurricane Arthur's path are facing the danger of rip currents. The storm is churning up big waves all along the Atlantic coast, changing the way water moves near shore. About 100 people each year in the U.S. drown because of rip currents, and about 80 percent of swimmers who must be rescued in the ocean are caught in them, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit lifeguard group. Here are five things to know about rip currents:

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