Lifeguards: Hermine poses a threat to area beaches

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer – and for people hoping to hit the beach this weekend, Tropical Storm Hermine could cause some problems.

In the Ocean State, one of the concerns is strong rip currents at area beaches.

The water was calm at East Matunuck Beach on Friday – but this weekend Hermine will likely be close enough to cause some rough waters.

Lifeguard Captain Anna Yamada said she doesn’t want to ruin anyone’s weekend, but said a rainy Sunday would make her job easier than a sunny one.

“If there are less people, there is obviously less to worry about, but there are always the people that want to go out in the waves, play in the waves,” she said. “Even though it’s a little bit dangerous.”

Yamada said she hopes everyone will use caution this weekend if they plan to venture out to the beach.

“We strongly advise everyone to be very careful this week especially because there is not going to be anyone on duty, it’s swimming at your own risk,” she said.

For more information on rip currents and beach safety this weekend, watch Meteorologist Pete Mangione’s report in the video above. 

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