Tropical Depression 3 became Tropical Storm Chris on Sunday — but not before claiming the life of a 62-year-old swimmer off the coast of Kill Devil Hills who reportedly was caught in rough surf.
Warning flags reportedly were flying at the time.
The victim, Kill Devil Hills resident Paul Dennis Bindulski, was spotted in the water at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the water near Fourth Street. Lifeguard crews at Second Street and Kill Devil Hills Fire Department responded to the scene. The unresponsive man was pulled from the water, and CPR was initiated and maintained. He was transported by Dare County EMS to The Outer Banks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Binduski is the fifth person to have drowned on the Outer Banks so far this summer. He is survived by three brothers, Mark, John, and Stephen; and two sisters, Lillian and Mary. He is predeceased by his brother, Peter, and his parents. Funeral services are under the care of Gallop Funeral Services in Nags Head.
RED FLAGS = NO SWIMMING
Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue today reports heavy 5-6 foot surf, rip currents, powerful shorebreak and a strong, quickly moving lateral current running north to south.
Tropical Storm Chris is SE of the Outer Banks coast causing the conditions along the coast today.
Ocean Rescue teams along the Outer Banks are closing monitoring this storm and will continue to do over the next few days.
Current conditions are:
- High tide: 3:55 p.m.
- Low tide: 9:29 a.m.
- Winds: ENE @ 25 kts
- Air temp: 83 degrees
- Water temp: 71 degrees F
Weather experts warn that Tropical Storm Chris will intensify over the next few days and become a hurricane by Tuesday, but it will stay off-shore. Still, there will be a strong threat of riptides, and only experienced swimmers should be in the water. Even the shallow water can be a threat, so caution is urged.
Small craft venturing outside of the protection of the Intracoastal Waterway could be at risk for a tropical storm and rough seas.
The next update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, is at 8 p.m.
In addition, locally severe thunderstorms, rough surf and the risk of waterspouts spinning ashore could also be a concern from northeastern Florida through the Carolinas and into southeastern Virginia through next week.