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High Surf and Rip Currents to Affect Maine Coast


September 20, 2010

2:00 PM


The National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Gray and Caribou have posted High Surf Advisories until Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Igor is passing well to our east today and tonight. While not affecting Maine directly, it is causing long period ocean swells over our coastal waters. This will bring high surf and splashover, large breaking waves and rip currents to the entire coast.

Splashover, especially from isolated large waves, can sweep an individual into turbulent and dangerous waters.

Rip currents can take swimmers out to sea very quickly. For more details on rip current safety, visit Maine Prepares.

MEMA joins the National Weather Service in urging the utmost caution in coastal areas. Respect all local access restrictions to beach and shoreline areas.





Last update: 07/20/10