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Beach Hazards Virtual Workshop Ahead

Rip current on the North Carolina coast. Photo: NOAA

Rip currents and dangerous surf conditions are consistently the most deadly weather-related hazard on the coast, especially during peak beach season, according to the National Weather Service.

Which is why weather service offices in Wilmington, Morehead City and Charleston, South Carolina, have scheduled the 2021 Carolinas Beach Hazard Virtual Workshop, an effort to bring together important beach safety stakeholders before peak beach season starts to promote discussion, assess communication and identify opportunities to improve service.

Organizers will discuss hazard messaging, forecasting risk and service improvements.

Register online separately for the Tuesday, April 13, session and the Wednesday, April 14, session. For more information, contact


2-4 p.m. April 13

  • 2 p.m. Opening remarks
  • 2:05-2:25 p.m. B. Chris Brewster, chair, National Certification Committee, United States Lifesaving Association.
  • 2:40- 2:50 p.m. Tom Lonka, meteorologist, NWS Morehead City.
  • 2:55-3:05 p.m. Matt Harrell, interim  fire chief, Tybee Island, Georgia.
  • 3:10-3:20 p.m. Spencer Rogers, coastal construction and erosion specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant.
  • 3:25-3:35 p.m. Victoria Oliva, meteorologist, NWS Wilmington.

 2-4 p.m. April 14

  • 2 p.m. Opening remarks
  • 2:05-2:20 p.m. Dr Greg Dusek, senior scientist, National Ocean Service.
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m. John Kuhn, meteorologist, NWS Headquarters.
  • 2:55-3:10 p.m. David Elder, ocean rescue supervisor, Kill Devil Hills.
  • 3:15-3:25 p.m. Ron Morales, warning coordination meteorologist, NWS Charleston, South Carolina.
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