Hurricane Chris has downgraded, but officials warn about rip currents

Molly Daly
July 12, 2018 - 7:21 pm
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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — As folks head to the Jersey Shore, officials are warning about potentially dangerous conditions in the surf.

Although what used to be Hurricane Chris is well to the northeast off Nova Scotia, Avalon Beach Patrol Lt. Erich Wolf said they are preparing for the likelihood of rip currents.

"The water will become displaced closer to the shore, and it will pull back out, oftentimes very powerfully back into the ocean," he explained — taking swimmers, even the most skilled, along with it. 

Sometimes there can be visual cues, like bubbles or foam flowing back beyond the breaking waves. But Wolf said to leave the risk assessment to the lifeguards.

"They're trained to identify rip currents, and they're there to protect you and your family," he said.

And you've heard it before, and you'll hear it again right now — only swim at a guarded beach.

"Here in Avalon, the guards are on at 10 a.m. and they're off duty at 5 p.m., so please, only swim during those hours," he added.
 
Otherwise, you'll be swimming at your own risk — and possibly risking it all.