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Risk for rip currents high as Hurricane Fiona moves up coast

NORTH WILDWOOD, NJ (WPVI) — As Hurricane Fiona is expected to sweep past the New Jersey coast, the National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for Friday with a risk of dangerous currents.

While events like the Irish Festival in Wildwood will bring people to the shore this weekend, officials are asking people to stay out of the water.

Media’s Simon Gainey and his son Tanner, 9, spent the morning boogie boarding in Avalon.

“It feels warm,” Gainey said. “It feels a little wild, but not as wild as we’ve experienced this time of year. Because sometimes it can get really bad.”

Most of the Jersey Shore beach patrols, including Avalon, are operational for the season.

“Even if it’s not hitting us directly, if it’s anywhere near Avalon or near South Jersey, you’re going to see the increasing height of the waves, the strength of the waves,” said Avalon Beach Patrol Lt. Tyler Wolf.

Officials are urging people not to go into the sea without lifeguards.

Wildwood’s beach patrol is also done for the year.

“When you have a huge boardwalk and pleasure piers, it brings together people from all over the country and around the world, and a lot of them are unfamiliar with the dangers of the ocean,” said Steve Stocks, chief of the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

He says that in early June, the Wildwoods saw three oceans drown in eight days before lifeguards were up to full staffing levels.

He’s hoping that as people enjoy off-season events like this weekend’s Irish Festival, they’ll stay away from the ocean.

“We definitely don’t want that to happen,” Stocks said. “It’s really dangerous.”

The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend, but not very hot. Officials hope this will help keep people away from the ocean.

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