New England News
4:33 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Riptide Warnings For Massachusetts,Rhode Island Coasts

Swimmers are being warned about possible riptide currents as Tropical Storm Bertha passes within a few hundred miles of southern New England.

   Forecaster says Bertha will be moving east of New England through Thursday morning bringing swells of 5 to 8 feet.   Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Blake Gilmore, of the underwater recovery unit, says swimmers should check conditions, heed the advice of  lifeguards and not swim alone.

   "Rip currents flow into the beach area and then funnel out in a very strong pattern that can pull people away from the shore."

   The riptide warnings affect  Cape Cod, Martha’s Vinyard, Nantucket, the south coast of  Rhode Island and Block Island.