Rip currents force swimming ban at Horseneck Beach

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Swimming is prohibited at Horseneck Beach in Westport until further notice due to the dangerous effects of Tropical Storm Bertha.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation made the announcement Wednesday, saying the storm has produced higher surf and rip currents in the water.

All ocean-facing beaches in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are also at risk as the storm passes hundreds of miles offshore.

Other facilities at Horseneck Beach will remain open during the storm, officials said.

The DCR will continue to monitor the waterfront and will reopen the beach to swimming once it’s safe to do so.

In addition to the rip current threat, the Pinpoint Weather Team says it’s possible that a few strong thunderstorms grace our region Wednesday, bringing downpours, gusty winds and small hail.

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