Hurricane Igor Kicks Up Rip Currents, Big Waves

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Igor taken at 11:45 p.m. EDT Saturday Sept. 11, 2010. Forecasters say Igor has become the fourth hurricane of the Atlantic season with maximum winds near 75 mph (120 kph). The storm was far from land late Saturday. Forecasters say Igor could become a major hurricane by Monday.

    Hurricane Igor continues to whip up waves and create rip currents along the Jersey shore even though it's hundreds of miles away.

    The National Weather Service on Monday issued a high surf advisory all along the New Jersey coastline.

    Forecasters say swells of 6 to 9 feet are possible and a few breakers could reach 10 feet. The swells will continue to produce dangerous rip currents through Monday evening.

    Swimmers are advised to use caution. Few beaches have lifeguards because summer ends on Thursday.

    Meantime, Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda, lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves as power failed in many areas, plunging people hunkered down at home into darkness and leaving officials waiting for Monday's sunrise to assess damage.

    The storm, which had weakened to barely a Category 1 hurricane as it approached the British territory Sunday, passed about 40 miles (65 kilometers) to the west just before midnight but sustained hurricane-strength winds of 75 mph (120 kph) battered the island. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said gusts ranged up to 93 mph (150 kph).

    A hurricane warning that had been in effect for Bermuda was downgraded early Monday to a tropical storm warning. Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch was issued for the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.