Danger in the water at NJ shore

August 21, 2009 3:34:10 PM PDT
Swimmers might spend most of the weekend standing on New Jersey and Delaware beaches instead of in the water. RELATED LINK: More info on rip currents and how to avoid them

The National Weather Service says Hurricane Bill poses a moderate risk for rip currents Friday morning and a high risk Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say the storm will produce large ocean swells as it moves north far off the coast. Those swells will increase throughout the weekend and the high rip current risk will continue into Sunday.

Rip currents are strong, narrow channels of water that flow out to sea.

Officials say swimmers who get caught in them should remain calm and swim parallel to the shore until they can break free.