As Hurricane Earl moves north, it appears that the Jersey Shore will be spared. It's expected to be cloudy with some rain today, the full fury of the storm will more north further east out in the Atlantic.
Weather forcasters say the sun will shine tomorrow, but it will be a bit windy. It's shaping up to be a great Labor Day weekend at the Jersey Shore, and Long Beach Island in particular.
While the beaches should be welcoming this Labor Day weekend, beach patrols warn of rip currents.
A rip current is a narrow, powerful current of water running perpendicular to the beach, out into the ocean. These currents may extend 200 to 2,500 feet lengthwise, but they are typically less than 30 feet wide. Rip currents can move at a pretty good speed, often 5 miles per hour or faster.
We used to call these currents "riptides," but that's is a misnomer. Tides are the rising and falling of water levels in the ocean, and they change gradually and predictably every day. Rip currents may be sudden and unexpected.
If you find you're being towed away from the beach in a rip current follow this advice:
Have a safe Labor Day Weekend!