NWS: Rip currents, high surf advisories for some NE beaches
While Hurricane Chris is expected to have little, if any, impact on Connecticut, it could pose some risks at some northeast beaches at prime vacation locations.
There should be no problems at Connecticut beaches in the days ahead, but just over the border in Rhode Island, advisories have already been posted.
Those planning vacations to Cape Cod, Block Island or Massachusetts island should also heed beach advisories.
On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service in Miami said Chris was centered about 315 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It was headed northeast at 22 mph on track to hit Canada's easternmost province this weekend.
The National Hurricane Center says Chris will be well out to sea by the weekend.
On Wednesday, the NWS says there is a risk of rip currents at beaches on the south shore of Long Island, Rhode Island beaches, including Misquamicut, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Beaches on the Cape Cod could see high surf and rip currents on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the surf at Misquamicut in Westerly, R.I. is three to five feet.
No advisories have been issued for western Long Island Sound. The roughest waters will be later in the week rear The Race where Long Island Sound meets Block Island Sound.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures such as groins, jetties, and piers.
The NWS advises swimmers to talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. Pay attention to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas.
“If caught in a rip current, relax and float, and do not swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”
A small craft advisory is already in effect for the waters off the south shore of Long Island. The NWS says, ‘the advisory means “hazardous seas means that seas of five feet or higher are expected or occurring, and are hazardous to small craft. Mariners should avoid shoaling areas. Long period swells can sharpen into large breaking waves in shoaling areas. It is not unusual for waves to break much farther from shoaling areas than is normally experienced. Remember that breaking waves can easily capsize even larger vessels.”