Hurricane Gaston Building New Jersey Surf
HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS TUESDAY
BUILDING SURF DUE TO HURRICANE GASTON
Even though Hurricane Gaston is over 1000 miles to the east southeast of New Jersey, we are seeing some coastal impacts developing in the form of rough surf and rip currents. The process is beginning late this afternoon and this evening and will continue into Wednesday. We also have Tropical Depression 8 off the North Carolina coast. Based on its forecast track out to sea and off shore, this could enhance rough see and surf conditions through much of this week.
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING. VACATIONERS AND LOCALS ALIKE SHOULD BE ALERT FOR DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND SWIM ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS PATROLLED BY OUR LIFEGUARDS. SWIMMING AFTER THE LIFEGUARDS GO HOME, AND WHERE LIFEGUARDS DO NOT HAVE YOU IN SIGHT, RAISES THE RISK OF AN UNCONTROLLED AND UNEXPECTED STRUGGLE IN THE WATER. SWELLS FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE GASTON HAVE ARRIVED AND WILL PROBABLY BUILD ANOTHER FOOT LATE TODAY, AND THEN POSSIBLY REACH 4 FEET, TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. THE BREAKERS IN THE BEACH SWIMMING ZONE WILL LIKELY BE LARGER. THESE SWELLS NOT ONLY ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS BUT CAN ALSO KNOCK SWIMMERS AND WADERS FLAT INTO THE SAND, CAUSING INJURY. SWIM ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS WATCHED BY THE BEACH PATROLS. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE GREATEST SAFETY IN WHAT PROBABLY WILL BE A LONG STRETCH OF FAIRLY ROUGH CONDITIONS ON ATLANTIC OCEAN EXPOSED BEACHES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS RIP CURRENTS...LONGSHORE CURRENTS...SNEAKER WAVES AND OTHER HAZARDS CREATE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE. CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER.
...GASTON EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE FOR SEVERAL DAYS... SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...31.0N 55.4W ABOUT 560 MI...900 KM E OF BERMUDA ABOUT 1680 MI...2705 KM W OF THE AZORES MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 2 MPH...4 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Gaston was located near latitude 31.0 North, longitude 55.4 West. Gaston is moving toward the north near 2 mph (4 km/h). A turn toward the northeast and a faster forward speed are expected by tonight, and an east-northeastward motion is expected on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Little significant change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).
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