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