NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thousands of people will be heading to the shore this July Fourth weekend, but even beachgoers hundreds of miles from Hurricane Arthur’s path are facing the danger of rip currents.
The storm is churning up big waves all along the Atlantic coast as it travels northward.
“If you’re not a good swimmer, the ocean this weekend is not for you,” said Jones Beach lifeguard Cary Epstein.
As CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported, Hurricane Arthur has moved north and the skies are clear, but the storm has created new sandbars and depressions which lead to dangerous rip currents.
Because of the risk of rip currents, high surf advisories were in effect for Long Island and Queens late Friday night.
Officials in Sea Girt, N.J. are watching the waters closely this weekend.
“We’ll keep people out of the water all together if we deem it necessary or maybe only let them go up to their knees or ankles,” beach manager Jim Freda told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.
In Sea Bright, some swimmers took an early morning dip before the water got too wild Friday.
“It was beautiful this morning, flat, temperature was good,” resident Nancy Steadman Martin told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang.
On Long Island, the day was mostly a washout with only a few die-hard beachgoers out and about, TV 10/55’s Richard Rose reported.
In Coney Island, Parks Department workers were busy keeping swimmers out of the water after dark since lifeguards are no longer on duty.