According to the National Weather Service, a high surf advisory has been issued throughout much of southern New England, including Danvers, through Friday.
Hurricane Katia has created a strong ocean swell as it approaches this region, which will result in strong rip currents (narrow currents of water that flow from the beach to the surf zone.)
The National Weather Service has prepared a list of guidelines to avoid problems associated with a rip current.
- Heed the advice of beach patrol and swim at beaches patrolled by lifeguards.
- Piers and jetties can enhance rip tides, so use extra caution if swimming near these areas.
- If you are caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the beach until you are out of its pull.
- Do not attempt to swim against a rip tide. It can "exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmers."