Strong Rip Currents Close A.C. Beaches

Lifeguards order everyone out of the Atlantic Ocean due to heavy rip currents & strong surf

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Sep 20, 2012  |  Updated 12:13 PM EDT
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Atlantic City closed it's beaches to swimmers on Tuesday because of strong rip currents and monster waves. NBC10's Cyndey Long reports.

NBC10 Philadelphia - Cydney Long

Atlantic City closed it's beaches to swimmers on Tuesday because of strong rip currents and monster waves. NBC10's Cyndey Long reports.

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Get out of the water.

That was the message in Atlantic City Tuesday as lifeguards closed all city beaches until further notice due to heavy rip currents that resulted in three rescues.

Heavy rip currents and seas up to 4 to 7 feet swells were being experience from the Delaware Beaches up to the Jersey Shore, according to NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

A.C. Beach Patrol officials say originally lifeguards allowed swimmers in up to their knees but waves quickly became too high and after making rescues around lunch time they decided to close the beaches.

All three people rescued were expected to be OK.

With waters around 77 degrees many people remained drawn to the ocean but since it was after Labor Day fewer lifeguards were on duty, officials said.

Parveen says the current rip currents and heavy seas aren’t being caused by Tropical Storm Leslie, which was spinning well east of the Bahamas Tuesday afternoon.

 


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