Ocean Grove, New Jersey

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Hurricane Chris Triggers Rip Current Risk At NY, NJ Beaches

July 11, 2018 - 8:45 am

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The invisible hand of Hurricane Chris far out in the Atlantic is stirring up the surf at beaches along the Jersey shore, Queens and Nassau counties.

The National Weather Service said there is a high rip current risk into Wednesday evening due to swells from Hurricane Chris and minor coastal flooding is possible during the evening high tide cycle.

Asbury Park beach safety supervisor Joe Bongiovanni says lifeguards have had their hands full.

"Saturday and Sunday were very, very busy," he said. "We had very strong northeast winds that were sweeping down the beach. The water was pushing in at high tide, but as the tide went out again we had several rescues over the weekend. I know there was several rescues. I know the other evening they had a big rescue off of I think Spring Lake where the Coast Guard actually had to pull the guy out he was so far out."

A 42-year-old Pennsylvania man drowned in Ocean Grove while swimming after hours Monday night.

"Late at night, I believe that was about 9:30 at night. I can't impress upon everyone how dangerous it is to go in the water when there are no lifeguards on duty. There's just no one here to help you," Bongiovanni said.

Bongiovanni is advising beachgoers to listen to the lifeguards because they read the water and know where the rips are.