...High rip current risk remains in effect through this evening...
* locations...ocean beaches of New York City and Long Island.
* Rip current risk...high.
* Surf height...building to 4 to 6 ft this afternoon.
* Lightning risk...moderate.
* Timing...through 9 PM.
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.
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.
If you become caught in a rip current...Yell for help. Remain calm...do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help. If you have to swim out of a rip current...swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current... begin to swim back toward the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.