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State urge caution for recreational water users after rain events

Raleigh, NC

The N.C. Division of Water Resources urges caution for people recreating in rivers, lakes and other natural water bodies after rain events predicted for today may result in localized flooding and contribute to sewer system overflows along North Carolina’s coast.

Bacteria and other pollutants may be present in surface waters from numerous sources after any large rainfall event.

The state agency has the following tips for people in coastal North Carolina:

  • Boaters and swimmers should stay out of areas if they see discolored water or dead fish.
  • People who feel sick or have open wounds or skin rashes should limit contact with water in rivers, lakes and other natural water bodies.
  • People who swim in rivers or lakes or have contact with the water should wash with soap and clean water soon afterwards.

According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm warnings are in effect until this afternoon for Morehead City, Beaufort and Emerald Isle. According to the National Hurricane Center, heavy rain, gusty winds, high surf and rip currents are expected from eastern North Carolina to eastern Virginia, whether this system forms into a tropical storm or not.