Friday, September 17, 2010

Hurricanes

My thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Karl in Mexico today and will be with people in Bermuda this weekend as Hurricane Igor passes over or near the island.

The east coast of the United States from Florida to the New England states can probably expect beach erosion and strong rip currents from Igor. Areas along the Outer Banks may experience beach erosion severe enough for the ocean to wash over Route 12 in several places that have been problematic in the past.

If you ever happen to get caught in a rip current DO NOT try to fight it by swimming directly towards the shore. Swim north or south PARALLEL to the beach to escape the current. I have seen several close calls where people simply did not know what to do or panicked and forgot. Pay close attention to any children with you because rip currents are very dangerous to even the strongest swimmers. Please be safe!

Have a great weekend!

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