NWS: “Moderate” risk of rip currents could be upgraded to “high”

     9:30 a.m. Tuesday in South Seaside Park. (Photo: Mike Sica)

    9:30 a.m. Tuesday in South Seaside Park. (Photo: Mike Sica)

    Long period swells generated by Tropical Storm Bertha are impacting the Jersey Shore Tuesday.

    Wave heights will build throughout the day, peaking in the open ocean at four to five feet from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ. 

    The swell will then begin to drop later in the day Wednesday. 

    JSHN contributor Mike Sica snapped the above image in South Seaside Park at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Due to the increasingly rough waters, the service warns of a moderate risk of rip current development that could be upgraded to high.

    “Always have a flotation device with you in the water. Swim only in life guarded areas,” the service advises. 

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