While New Jersey avoided a hit from Hurricane Lee, if you’re planning to head to the Jersey Shore this weekend lingering effects from the storm will cause hazardous conditions on the water.
High surf and rip current advisories are in effect for Friday through Saturday at 6 p.m. for coastal Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. That means to expect large breaking waves up to 8 feet.
In addition, a small craft advisory is in effect Friday and Saturday, because there will be danger from seas of up to 10 feet and wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, said Ray Martin, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly bureau.
Weather forecast for this weekend: Rough conditions linger Saturday
“The worst of the conditions should be Friday and then start to dwindle,” Martin said. “Saturday is still going to be rough, but by Sunday we should see things calming down a lot.” By Sunday winds should be down to 5 to 10 mph and waves should be below 5 feet, he said.
If sun is what you want, the better bet is Saturday, but Sunday will have safer conditions for swimming.
Danger of rip currents
Because of the danger of rip currents, inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water. The National Weather Service cautions that if you go into the ocean, swim near a lifeguard. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.
If caught in a rip current, “relax and float,” the National Weather Service advises. “Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”
Where is Hurricane Lee now?
Hurricane Lee will be causing tropical storm conditions across much of coastal New England Friday. The storm, still packing sustained winds of 85 mph, was moving north at 16 mph about 460 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Models still show it likely to make landfall in eastern Canada, and a hurricane watch was in effect Friday for Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the New England coast from Westport, Massachusetts to the Canadian border.
NJ sends aid to New England state
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management has sent a task force of 45 people and 16 vehicles to Warwick, Rhode Island to help with storm recovery efforts.
Lee is expected to start gaining speed on Saturday and turn to the northeast, moving across Canada Saturday night and Sunday. It will begin to weaken on Saturday but will still be a large and dangerous storm when it reaches eastern New England and Atlantic Canada, the National Hurricane Center said.
On Friday, hurricane force winds extended 105 miles out from the storm center and tropical force winds extended 320 miles out.
Lee is expected to create a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet along the southern coast of Long Island and in Long Island Sound, as well as on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.