Rip currents and high surf mark Hurricane Irene's approach.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 01:47:16 GMT —
Several swimmers had to be rescued on Thursday from being caught in a rip current. The high rip current risk will most likely continue for Friday.
Noah Rosenthal with Lacks Beach Service says they've already seen an increase in wave height and rip currents as of Thursday and expects the conditions to worsen the closer the storm gets to us.
On a normal day, lifeguards allow swimmers to go in chest high water. In moderate to high rip current conditions, they move swimmers in waste to knee high. Rosenthal says that if conditions get bad enough, they will begin to pull people out of the water.
While most people follow precautions and stay away from the ocean, others head straight in. Surfers like Wes Logue look forward to an increase in the waves due to the approach of a storm.
Wes has been a surfer for about ten years and although he plans to surf the waves, he cautions others about heading into the water. He says that "it's hard to judge even as an experienced surfer. It tends to start to get not fun when you get thrashed around."