...High surf advisory in effect until 10 PM EDT Thursday...
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a high surf advisory...which is in effect until 10 PM EDT Thursday.
* Locations...Atlantic facing beaches from New York City to Montauk.
* Waves and surf...4 to 6 ft this afternoon...building to 6 to 8 ft this evening and Thursday.
* Timing...waves will begin to subside late Thursday.
* Impacts...dangerous rip currents can be expected through Thursday. Minor beach erosion and some wash-over possible...especially around the times of high tide Thursday morning.
A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area...producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins... jetties and piers. Talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. Pay attention to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas.
If you become caught in a rip current...do not panic. Remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current...begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.