Long Island Forecast
Friday... Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 75F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90%.
Friday Night... Overcast with rain. Low of 50F. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.
Saturday... Overcast with rain. High of 57F. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.
Saturday Night... Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 45F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 4:51 am EDT on May 24, 2013
... High rip current risk remains in effect...
* locations... ocean beaches of Long Island.
* Rip current risk... high.
* Surf height... 3 to 5 feet.
* Lightning risk... low.
* Timing... strongest rip current activity this morning.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...
jetties and piers. Talk to lifeguards and beach officials to
learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. Pay attention
to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas.
If you become caught in a rip current... do not panic. Remain calm
and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the
force of the rip current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do
not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong
swimmer can become exhausted quickly.