Although Hurricane Bertha passed more than 300 miles east of Cape Cod on Wednesday, the wrath of her winds created a dangerous threat of rip currents on the south coast of the state.
The National Weather Service warned of high risk rip currents to south coast areas such as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Newport. The warning came Wednesday as surf heights grew to 6 to 8 feet and lasted into the evening, the forecasters said.
The strong tides and dangerous rip currents generated on Wednesday passed through the coast with no reports of serious injuries or incidents. However, meteorologists used Wednesday’s warning as a reminder to beachgoers of how dangerous rip tides can be.
“Rip currents can become life-threatening,” the forecasters said in a statement Wednesday.
Rip currents are strong channels of water flowing away from the beach that can be subtle yet extremely hazardous to swimmers, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These currents are often shaped by obstructions such as sandbars and jetties when a strong storm is near.
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