Northampton Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Beach Hazard Statement
Statement as of 5:09 PM EDT on August 27, 2014

...Beach hazards statement now in effect through Thursday evening...

* hazards...strong rip currents and dangerous shore break.

* Timing...through Thursday evening.

* Waves and surf...3 to 4 feet this evening...building to 5 to 6 feet Thursday morning...diminishing to 3 to 4 feet late Thursday afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high risk of rip currents means wind and or wave conditions support the development of very strong rip currents...especially in the vicinity of jetties...piers...and sandbars. These rip currents will be life-threatening to anyone who enters the surf. Be especially cautious with outgoing tides which improve rip current formation. All beach goers should remain aware of inherent dangers when entering the surf including swift longshore currents...pounding shore break and shallow sand bars.

Rip currents are strong...narrow channels of water that flow out to sea. If you become caught in a rip current...remain calm. Try to swim on a course that is parallel to the beach until you get away from the rip...then swim at an angle in to shore. Do not try to swim back to shore directly against the rip...since it can exhaust and even kill the strongest swimmer.

Always heed the advice of lifeguards. Pay attention to flags and signs posted near beach access points and lifeguard stations.