Hurricane Cristobal makes waves for Cape Cod

High surf advisory in effect until Friday morning
Although beaches remain open to swimmers today, Hurricane Bill closed Nauset Beach to swimmers in 2009. Swimmers should always heed posted warnings at ocean beaches. Photo by John Fitts.

Although we won't feel the full effect, Hurricane Cristobal is creating waves for Cape Cod. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for south facing ocean beaches along the Cape and Islands.

According to the National Weather Service, the surf can be as high as 6 to 12 feet. With the high surf comes the danger of rip currents. Rip currents can carry a swimmer into deeper waters.  A boon for seasoned surfers, poor or weaker swimmers and children may be in particular danger if not careful.

The National Weather Service suggests that beachgoers only swim at beaches with lifeguards. Swimmers should also heed posted warnings. Ocean swimming safety tips are available on the Cape Cod National Seashore website.

The high surf advisory remains in effect until 8 a.m. Friday morning.  


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