...High rip current risk remains in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...
* locations...ocean beaches of Long Island.
* Rip current risk...moderate this morning...becoming high this afternoon into evening.
* Surf height...around 2 feet this morning...increasing to around 4 feet late this afternoon into evening.
* Lightning risk...none.
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...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.