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September 17, 2010

Igor imperils Bermuda; Maryland will see rip currents

Hurricane Igor is expected to strike the island of Bermuda this weekend. Hurricane Warnings are up for the speck of land 600 miles off the Carolina shores, and authorities there are warning residents this storm is "probably the worst we have seen," with winds up to 150 mph.

The National Hurricane Center, however, says Igor's central winds have decreased to 105 mph, with higher gusts, making it a Cat. 2 storm. That would make it less powerful than Hurricane Fabian, which struck in 2003. Igor, while weaker, is moving fairly slowly (10 mph), potentially lengthening the time it will batter the island.

Six hundred miles is close enough for this powerful storm to kick up swells, heavy surf and dangerous rip Rip currents Ocean Citycurrents all along the mid-Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service is advising beach-goers to beware of surf conditions this weekend:

"SOUTHEAST SWELLS FROM DISTANT HURRICANE IGOR WILL GRADUALLY
INCREASE OVER THE COASTAL WATERS TODAY [FRIDAY] BRINGING DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS AND SURF TO AREA BEACHES. THE MOST DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED A COUPLE OF HOURS EITHER SIDE OF LOW
TIDE...WHICH WILL OCCUR AROUND 930 AM. A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AS IGOR RE-CURVES WELL OFF
THE EAST COAST."

One swimmer was caught in a rip current and disappeared at Ocean City last month as Hurricane Igor NOAADanielle passed far offshore. Nearly 500 people had to be rescued that weekend (Aug. 28-29). The man's body was recovered a week later, 16 miles offshore.

The experience made everyone more cautious over the Labor Day weekend as Hurricane Earl moved past, more than 100 miles off the coast, again making the surf dangerous for swimmers.

Surf aside, the weekend weather for the beaches looks great.

(AP PHOTO: Laura Emmons, Salisbury Daily Times, Sept. 3, 2010)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 4:24 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Hurricanes
        

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Good luck, Bermuda. I was there in '87 when Emily hit and all I can say is: If you can leave, get the heck out.

frank
only what 3 or 4 months before you can start scaring us with snow totals!

I just now walked in from Avalon, NJ, where the high surf cut short my last day of ocean vacation. Beaches that normally have 3-5 foot waves during incoming tides had 5-10 foot waves 500+ feet offshore, indicating the development of the very sandbars that will cause rip currents. Instead of people body-surfing, actual surfers were taking to the waves with surfboards, with conditions mimicking traditional Californian surf beaches. And all that was BEFORE we got the high-surf/rip-tide warnings.

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