WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip-tide warning for Delaware beaches

Coastal flood warning for Delaware beaches, until 6 p.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
Issued by the national weather service, Philadelphia, Pa., 8:50 a.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
... High risk of rip currents...

The rip current risk is high through today as waves continue to propagate to the coast from the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny. The waves breaking on the beach today will be between 4 and 6 feet, which is sufficient to greatly enhance the rip current risk along the coast.

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 the strongest swimmer. Swim only on beaches guarded by lifeguards, and never swim alone or at night.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Danny combined with a strong upper level disturbance and an incoming cold front will allow for rough surf along the coast.

Sussex County EOC tracking Tropical Storm Danny -- Another weekend of rough surf, strong rip currents in store

For the second weekend in a row, a tropical system in the western Atlantic is expected to rough up the surf along Delaware’s coast, but the storm should stay far enough out to sea to keep heavy rains and gusty winds at bay.
Tropical Storm Danny, which is forecast to become a minimal hurricane by Saturday, is expected to curve away from the eastern United States in the next 48 hours.

The storm, however, could spawn ocean swells of 8 to 10 feet, just as Hurricane Bill did last weekend, making for treacherous swimming and rough boating conditions once again. Rough surf and dangerous rip currents are likely through Sunday. Heavy showers and some beach erosion are possible, especially Friday night into midday Saturday.
The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is urging the public to use caution if visiting area beaches, even if the threat seems minimal.

“Hurricane Bill last weekend demonstrated just how dangerous these storms can be, even if they’re well over the horizon,” Sussex County EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas. “There were numerous water rescues up and down the coast. As with any tropical system, the public needs to respect the risks and be mindful of the storm path and forecast over the next few days.”

While swimming may not be advisable, those who do venture into the water should heed the direction of lifeguards on duty at beaches and state parks.

Stay tuned to local television and radio stations for updates. For more information, contact the Sussex County EOC at (302) 855-7801.