Hurricane Dorian Closes All NYC Beaches, Parks Staff To Enforce Ban

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 06, 2019 - 8:57 am
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ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Beaches have been closed across New York City Friday and Saturday as Hurricane Dorian nears the Tri-State.

At Beach 91st Street on Friday, flags have been posted all along the beachfront in Queens, but there were plenty of surfers on a gray, windy morning.

Longtime Rockaway resident Freddy Carrero said they were the amateurs.

“Tonight this is going to change,” he told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

He’s expecting 10-foot waves a later on Friday. Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the ocean.

“We’ve had, this summer, we had six deaths,” Carrero said. “The life guards leave, people have been sitting here drinking all day. Now they decide they want to go out far. Bad combination.”

Carrero said the beach may not look threatening but that there is a hidden danger.

“You’ve got a lot of sand dunes and dips, so that creates not only the rip but an under-pulling rip, which is worse,” he said.

Hurricane Dorian has forced the closure of all city beaches and a warning at the Jersey Shore to stay out of the water.

Parks Department staff will be posted along the coastline to enforce this weekend’s ban on swimming.

Gov. Cuomo says the shore should expect rain and increased winds, elevated rip current risk and possible coastal flooding from today into the weekend.

Dorian is expected to bring rain, rough surf, coastal flooding, dangerous rip currents and wind gusts of up to 45 mph to the Tri-State Friday.