WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Weather Service is predicting that Hurricane Dorian will move further northeast and continue a track that will shift the storm further off the east coast than previously expected. Currently, there are no severe weather alerts for the Jersey Shore and forecasters are predicting nice weather this weekend after today’s passing showers and slight wind.
Northern bands of Dorian’s storm system are currently passing through central and southern New Jersey. Periods of passing rain showers are expected to last through this evening, giving way to a partly cloudy weekend with highs around 79 degrees and a 10% chance of rain. Winds today and Saturday can reach up to 16 miles per hour.
Authorities locally are warning of minor tidal flooding, beach erosion and rip currents along the Jersey Shore.
“Looks like Hurricane Dorian is going to be well off the coast of New Jersey, so other than strong rip currents and some rain and wind today, it looks like a pleasant weekend,” the Brick Township Police Department said today.
6 to 10 foot breaking waves and very strong rip currents will be a life-threatening danger to anyone who enters the surf.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will produce localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.
Stay out of the surf. If you are ever caught in a rip current, relax and float. Do not swim against the current. If possible, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.