Hurricane Jose Brings Dangerous Rip Currents to the Jersey Shore
TRENTON — Rough surf has been the only tangible impact of Hurricane Jose on the Jersey Shore so far with at least one reported rescue on Sunday.
Even with a high risk of rip currents in effect all along the Jersey Shore on Sunday as Jose moved north, summer-like temperatures lured swimmers to area beaches.
Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida told NJ.com an off-duty lifeguard and the US Coast Guard helped rescue two swimmers from the waters near Ocean Park Avenue.
Bradley Beach beaches are unguarded after Labor Day but Guida told the website he had police monitoring the beach.
Two Lawrenceville teens were were rescued in Belmar when they were caught up in the heavy surf of the high rip tides, according to CBS New York. Chris Leal from the Belmar Beach Patrol told the station a 600 yard line was sent their way in what Chris called a "textbook riptide rescue."
Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey told The Press of Atlantic City a father and son from Pennsylvania were rescued on Sunday morning in Atlantic City. It was one of 30 rescues over the weekend, according to Downey.
Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Public Information Officer Brian Devlin told the Townsquare News Network that Jose kicked up waves of 4 to 6 feet, but swimmers stayed close to the shore even some surfers trying to catch a Garden State wave.
"We have increased mobile patrols & have two beaches guarded," Devlin said.
A Tropical Storm Watch was issued late Sunday afternoon for the east coast from Delaware to Massachusetts.
WPG Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said the watch is the next step for emergency management officials to continue storm preparations.
"I still expect New Jersey will experience 6+ foot ocean waves, 2+ feet of storm surge, 50+ mph winds, and 1 to 3+ inches of rain. The storm’s most significant impacts are still expected to stay east of the Jersey Shore," Zarrow said.
Spokeswoman Laura Connolly said the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management monitored Jose's track all weekend and stayed in communication with local and county officials.
"The local municipalities that know their nuisance areas are making their usual preparations," Connolly said.