Swimmers Warned of Rip Currents Along Jersey Shore

Saturday, Aug 28, 2010  |  Updated 12:07 PM EDT
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Swimmers Warned of Rip Currents Along Jersey Shore

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A rip tide is a strong channel of water flowing seaward from near the shore.

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Rough waves and rip currents spawned by Hurricane Danielle could make for dangerous swimming conditions along the Jersey Shore this weekend.

The National Weather Service says swells kicked up by the storm were expected to build as the weekend progressed, and they could continue through Monday.

Swimming has not been banned at any New Jersey beaches, but yellow flags have been posted at most sites to warn swimmers about the conditions.

Officials warn that swimmers should only be in areas where lifeguards are stationed and should not swim alone -- even if waters don't appear to be risky -- because the tides and currents can change quickly and unexpectedly.

Danielle is forecast to pass well east of Bermuda on Saturday.

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