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NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook, Warns of Rip Currents

A surfer takes advantage of the ocean swell in South Kingstown on Monday. (Photo Tracey C. O'Neill)

A surfer takes advantage of the ocean swell in South Kingstown on Monday. (Photo Tracey C. O’Neill)

BOSTON – The National Weather Service, Taunton issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook as of 5:05 a.m. for Washington and Newport Counties in Rhode Island, Block Island and Southern Bristol, Massachusetts.
A high rip current risk is in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday morning through the evening. According to NWS,

INCREASING SOUTHERLY SWELL AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING COLD FRONT
COMBINED HIGH SEAS WILL YIELD TO STRONG RIP CURRENTS ACROSS SOUTH
FACING BEACHES OF RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHEAST MASS INCLUDING THE
ISLANDS INTO EARLY THIS EVENING.

 

Surf height is estimated at 3 to 5 feet, with the danger of life threatening rip currents along area beaches along the south coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts including the islands.

NWS warns those along the shore to pay attention to flags and posted signs as rip currents can become threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing away from shore, which occurs most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as jetties and piers.

Possible flooding

The Hazardous Weather Outlook noted the threat of localized heavy rainfall caused by a slow moving cold front, with possible flooding starting late Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday night.

Heavy rainfall is also possible later in the week due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Joaquin.


 

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