Bertha Bringing Big Swells, Strong Rip Currents

Aug 6, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move up the Atlantic. 

Though farther up the bay, Connimicut Point beach in Warwick may see larger waves, and an especially strong rip current due to Tropical Storm Bertha.

The closest the storm will come to Rhode Island is about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.  The storm has been steadily decaying in power, and not expected to dump too much rain on the state.  (Though thunderstorms have been predicted for this week.  The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.)

National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson says it’s still expected to have an impact on Rhode Island waves.

“So the only thing will be some elevated swell from Bertha, and that will – as far as Rhode Island – cause waves two to five feet.  Depending upon where you are," said Simpson.

He warns surfers, and other beach goers that while the waves will be good, the rip current will be especially strong.

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