National Weather Service Discourages Ocean Swimming In Delaware due to life threating surf and rip currents.
While Hurricane Earl spins nearly 800 miles away near Bermuda, it is causing problems in and around Delaware. While not a threat to land, Earl is causing life threating surf and rip currents along the east coast.
Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland are experiencing major rip currents. Rip currents contributed to a 56 year old Pennsylvania man drowning on the 12th Street Beach in Ocean City New Jersey on Thursday. The Garden State reported more than a dozen similar incidents over the past few days.
A high rip current risk is in effect through Saturday afternoon. Delaware and South Jersey are also under a coastal flood advisory into Saturday along all beaches.
The coastal flood advisory is necessary because up to one foot of inundation above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. This advisory is not only for ocean beaches, but the shorelines of the Delaware Bay. This includes the river shorelines of New Castle and Salem Counties.
Most importantly though, the weather service is discouraging entering the surf.
If caught in a rip current, you should relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline.
It is advised that you only swim on protected beaches with lifeguards due to life-threating surf and rip currents . Only some Delaware beaches do offer lifeguard service on weekends only now that we are past Labor Day.
Large ocean swells caused by Hurricane Earl are occurring from the south east U.S. all the way to Nova Scotia. The NWS says these swells are likely to cause life-threating surf and rip currents through the weekend.
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