High surf, rip current warnings in effect as several storms churn hundreds of miles offshore

Lifeguards in Sea Girt will likely keep most swimmers out of the water today, as New Jersey will feel the impacts for days to come with several storms churning hundreds of miles offshore.

News 12 Staff

Sep 14, 2020, 10:02 PM

Updated 1,309 days ago

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Multiple hurricanes and tropical storms out in the Atlantic Ocean could potentially make life-threatening ocean conditions for swimmers at the Jersey Shore.
The storms are causing large waves, high surf and dangerous rip currents. But it is the time of the year that surfers dream about.
“It’s a little scary. You definitely push the limits a lot as a surfer. But it’s just the fun of it. You gotta chase the swells. They come rarely, use it to your advantage,” says Logan Cox, of Sea Girt.
But the rough ocean conditions are a danger to inexperienced swimmers. Beach crews are now scrambling to put together a post-summer lifeguarding staff to handle the larger-than-normal crowds expected to stay at the shore.
“The surf this weekend was extremely dangerous and rough,” says Tim Harmon, of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol. “It’s completely different this morning. The winds are different, but the untrained person – the person that doesn’t know what they’re doing – comes down for the day and just wants to get wet, they can be swept off their feet very easily and can get in danger quickly.”
Sea Girt’s beaches will remain fully staffed through the end of the September. Other beaches at the shore will have limited staffing and some without any lifeguards at all.
“We are fortunate. We have some lifeguards that haven’t gone back to school that are around, that are able to work. Not every beach is open, we have selected beaches, open running patrols to keep people in those areas,” says Harmon.
Harmon says dangerous conditions could stick around right through the end of the month.


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