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High Surf, Rip Current Concerns Along East Coast

23 Sep 2017, 11:39 am

High surf and rip current concerns will be in place this weekend and into next week all along the east coast of the United States. These concerns arise from the remnants of Hurricane Jose spinning off the northeast coast and Hurricane Maria as it moves north out of the Caribbean, passing close to the eastern United States.

High Surf Advisories have already been in place across parts of the Northeast for the past several days since then Hurricane Jose moved into the northern Atlantic waters earlier this week. Most recent advisories call for waves anywhere from 6 to 10 feet, continuing through the weekend. With water continually being pushed toward the coastline, beach erosion will likely occur and the development of rip currents, fast moving channels of waves flowing away from the coast. Rip currents will be a threat to any swimmers in the water, as swimmers caught in rip currents could be pulled several hundred feet away from the shore.

Advisories for high surf are also in place across the east coast of Florida as Hurricane Maria moves north. Waves are forecast to range anywhere from 6 to 11 feet, over the next few days, with the highest waves expected for Sunday. Rip currents will likely impact the eastern Florida coast as well.

Specifically for rip currents, according to the U.S. Life Saving Association, at least 100 people per year die from rip currents and 80% percent of the surf beach rescues performed by life guards each year involve rip currents.

These advisories are likely to shift north along the coast as Hurricane Maria moves north along the coast.

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