Dangerous waves, rip currents at the Jersey Shore today

     Beachgoers near Casino Pier in Seaside Heights around noon today. (Photo: Justin Auciello/Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

    Beachgoers near Casino Pier in Seaside Heights around noon today. (Photo: Justin Auciello/Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

    Long period swells from Tropical Storm Gabrielle are impacting the Jersey Shore today, creating a dangerous situation for swimmers.

    Long period swells travel far distances over the open ocean, containing more energy than weaker, locally generated wind swells, according to Surfline.com.

    There is a “moderate risk” of rip currents today and tomorrow, the National Weather Service advises. 

    The National Weather Service defines a moderate rip current risk as wave conditions supporting “stronger or more frequent rip currents,” advising that “only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water.”

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    The swell is expected to slowly subside through the weekend, SwellInfo.com reports. 

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