High risk of dangerous rip currents as Hermine stokes Florida swell

Hermine may have dumped its tropical characteristics and left Florida long behind, but its power is still influencing the Atlantic waters sending dangerous surf and rip currents to South Florida.


Lake Worth lifeguards try to dissuade swimming with yellow flags and no swimming signs.

The angle is targeting Palm Beach County for the worst of the rips, with forecasters from the National Weather Service in Miami expecting a high risk through Wednesday evening.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

The waves jumped up to five to six feet off the coast overnight, said Arlena Moses, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. They began filling in off the Treasure Coast on Monday.

“It’s one of those days, given the magnitude of the seas, where it’s probably a good idea not to get in the water,” Moses said. “We’ve got a good cluster of storms sitting off Palm Beach and that’s upsetting the seas also.”

The rip current advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Check out this live video feed from Lake Worth.

In Delray Beach, a body surfer was rescued from the rough surf on Monday.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokesman Kevin Saxton said the man was taken to the hospital in stable condition and that lifeguards weren’t sure what happened to him in the water that put him in distress.

“I don’t think it was a rip current,” Saxton said.

While Delray Beach lifeguards are flying yellow caution flags, they are anticipating temporary closures this afternoon if thunderstorms kick up, Saxton said.

The partly cloudy and stormy skies will mean a high temperature today in West Palm Beach of 87, which is about two degrees below what’s normal for this time of year. Rain chances are 60 percent.

Hermine is about 95 miles south of the eastern tip of Long Island with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph this morning. It’s moving west at 6 mph.

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As of 8 a.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters were expecting Hermine to become nearly stationary by tonight, but gradual weakening is expected within the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds extend out up to 140 miles.

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