Alberto expected to increase severity of rip currents

Signs warning swimmers of dangerous currents, like this one found near Station 25 on Sullivan's Island, are found on in many areas of high risk in the Lowcountry. (Brian Troutman/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- While we may see little impact from Tropical Storm Alberto here in the Lowcountry, the storm has brought an increased risk for rip currents.

Experts say if you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach. The current will eventually release you.

Charleston County Parks officials have a full staff of lifeguards at each of their beach parks to help swimmers stay safe.

"They just need to be aware and make sure to watch your children, number one," said county park manager Cynthia Wilson. "Make sure to swim in a lifeguard area and check with those guys and ask the question. Ask them what those conditions are like that day."

Sunday also marked the start of National Beach Safety Week. In effort to raise awareness about beach safety, lifeguards will be conducting swim rescue scenarios all week long. Demonstrations will be held on the Isle of Palms, Kiawah and Folly Beach.

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