Local Red Flag Warnings

Beach Safety
Red Flag Surf Warning

A red flag typically signifies rough surf and high winds at a beach. This page will be updated as cities and beaches report warnings.


  • No current warnings.


  • No current warnings.

Virginia Beach

  • Last updated September 1, 2019
  • All beaches in Virginia Beach have red flags flying. Check with lifeguards before entering the water.

Outer Banks

  • Last updated August 27, 2019
  • “No Swimming” flags are posted on Nags Head beaches due to the high threat of rip currents.

Rip currents are powerful and can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore. If you ever get caught in a rip current, here are some potentially life-saving tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Relax, rip currents don’t pull you under
  • Don’t swim against the current
  • Swim out of the current, then to shore
  • If you can’t escape, float or tread water
  • If you need help, yell or wave for assistance

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