Rip currents are serious business when it comes to ocean safety. That’s why lifeguards closed a popular swimming area on Kauai’s south shore.

An unusually h3 rip current off Poipu Beach has created dangerous swimming conditions for the swimmers and snorkelers who frequent the spot. More specifically, the rip is near a rocky islet off Poipu called Nukumoi Point.

What prompted this unusual rip?

Ocean safety officials point to Tropical Storm Flossie, which eroded the popular sand bar that usually exists between the shoreline and Nukumoi Point. The erosion has caused an “extremely dangerous” rip current, as stated in a release.

Lifeguards have closed the beach to swimming until conditions improve. Signs have been posted, warning beach-goers of the dangerous circumstance. Swimmers can go to calmer waters just down the way, such as the area in front of the Poipu lifeguard tower.

For more information, visit www.kauaiexplorer.com or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.

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