PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Southern New Englanders will needs to keep their eyes out for two weather threats Wednesday.
While rip currents and high surf will be a danger along the coast through the day, with the potential for strong thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon.
Rip Current Threat
Tropical Storm Bertha is passing within a few hundred miles of Southern New England. While the area won’t get tropical weather from the storm, it is creating high surf and rip currents along the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts coasts.
In fact, the dangerous conditions prompted officials to ban swimming at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Mass.
Forecasters say Bertha will be moving east of New England through the day and is expected to bring swells of 5 to 8 feet.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is advising swimmers to check surf conditions, heed the advice of lifeguards and not swim alone.
Riptides are powerful channels of water flowing away from shore that can be dangerous to swimmers.
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Meteorologist Pete Mangione traveled to area beaches and spoke with lifeguards and swimmers about the conditions. You can see their responses by clicking play on the videos below:
In addition to rip currents, the Pinpoint Weather Team says there is the potential for a few strong thunderstorms–mainly in the afternoon with downpours, gusty winds and small hail.