'Washing machine' conditions carry Stone Harbor surfer for miles, voluntarily evacuations issued

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Sunday, September 4, 2016
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Swimmers and surfers are being told to stay out of the water in Stone Harbor.

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (WPVI) -- A surfer who took to the choppy ocean in Stone Harbor, New Jersey Sunday, where voluntary evacuations have been recommended, showed exactly why officials are telling visitors to stay out of the water as Hermine approaches.

Around 7 a.m., the Action Cam caught the brave man going into the ocean without wearing a wet-suit.

Moments later, the camera lost sight of the surfer.

Police showed up to the scene.

Beach Patrol tells Action News within a matter of five to ten minutes, the surfer was sent from one jetty to another at least two miles away.

The man got out of the water safely and was said to be OK.

One of the Beach Patrol members, a lifelong surfer, tells Action News these are not the types of conditions you want to surf in. He says the waves are more like a "washing machine."

On Saturday, visitors in Stone Harbor and residents in Brigantine were asked to voluntarily evacuate ahead of Hermine.

Swimmers and surfers are being told to stay out of the water in Stone Harbor.

Residents should move their vehicles to high ground and secure all valuables from low-lying parts of their property as well as secure all loose items outside their home.

Property owners, and visitors in Stone Harbor are encouraged to constantly visit www.stoneharboremergency.com for the latest updates, advisories, directions and information regarding Hermine.

Brigantine officials have been asked not to call 911 or 266-7414 unless you have a police, fire or medical need. Dispatchers will not have flooding or road closure information.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for three New Jersey shore counties - including Cape May County - that were expected to get the brunt of heavy rains and winds spurred by Hermine.

It activates the state's emergency operations plan, broadens the powers of the state police - particularly for traffic control - and allows the National Guard to help with rescue or cleanup if necessary.

As we continued our report from Stone Harbor and the waves got rougher, two more surfers jumped into the ocean. Everyone - surfer or not - is told be careful.