Continuing onshore flow prompts high risk of rip currents Tuesday

     A rough sea off South Seaside Park on Sept. 9. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    A rough sea off South Seaside Park on Sept. 9. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    A stiff onshore flow continues to impact the Jersey Shore, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an advisory warning of a high risk of rip currents Tuesday.

    Swimmers should expect breakers in the five to seven foot range, according to a NWS bulletin.

    “A high risk of rip currents implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf,” the bulletin advises. “Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties and piers.”

    “Heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs.”

    Forecasters say the threat is due to an increasing northeasterly flow, combined with the full moon and building waves in the surf zone.

    By Wednesday, the threat is expected to be “at least” moderate, according to the National Weather Service. 

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