WASHINGTON – While Hurricane Cristobal has now been downgraded to a powerful extratropical cyclone off the coast of Nova Scotia Canada, it continues to move to the northeast and during the next day or two, it will be absorbed by another area of low pressure in the northern Atlantic.
With that being said, the threat for rip currents and high surf still remains moderate to high at local beaches as well as beaches all up and down the East Coast.
If you are headed to the beach for this beautiful Labor Day weekend, please be sure to obey the flags and know what they mean. Here’s a reminder:
Double Red: Beach is closed to the public
Single Red: high hazard, e.g., strong surf or currents
Yellow: medium hazard
Green: Calm conditions although caution is still necessary
Purple: Dangerous marine life, but not sharks.
Rip currents do not discriminate along our areas beaches either, so how can you identify them and keep you and your family safe? These currents can occur along any beach that features breaking waves (including the Great Lakes). They are unfortunately subject to formation at any time during the day and more likely right before low tide. The swells generated by Cristobal and brisk onshore flow are creating the environment for a higher risk of rip currents.