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Hurricane Danielle Ups Risk Of Rip Currents

Photo/Mona Rivera

Photo/Mona Rivera

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS/CBS 2/AP) — Hurricane Danielle is expected to churn up the surf along the Jersey Shore and Long Island beaches even though it’s far out in the Atlantic. The waves could increase the risk of rip currents.

The National Weather Service says swells kicked up by the storm should begin to arrive along the coast early Saturday. Forecasters say the surf could perhaps remain rough into the middle of next week.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

At Jone Beach, chief lifeguard Jayson O’Donnell is preparing for the storm by pulling back lifeguard chairs and other equipment.

Beachgoers are advised to swim only on beaches where lifeguards are stationed but if the rip tides become too strong lifeguards will be forced to make a tough decision.

“It really gets bad sometimes you have to make the choice to red flag the whole beach and stop everyone from going in,” O’Donnell said.

With the forecast calling for sunny, hot weather this weekend it could be hard to keep swimmers out of the water.

“Next couple of the days are going to be in the 90s so it’s going to bring a lot more people here for the weekend to finish off the summer,” beachgoer George from Levittown said.

Danielle is forecast to pass well east of Bermuda on Saturday night. Behind Danielle, Tropical Storm Earl is moving west in the Atlantic.

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