I’m not typically a weather-watcher until one of two words are thrown into the mix – snow and hurricane. My reaction to the word “snow” is joyous. A few years ago we got four inches and my younger daughter proclaimed it the best day of her life. It was like top-15 for me.
My reaction to “hurricane” is quite different. I have a rule. Stay at a category two and leave at a three. Tropical Storm Beryl isn’t likely to develop into anything more than what she is now, but the conditions are still noteworthy.
I’ve been at the beach for the weekend and ocean conditions were dramatic. As I’ve been Facebooking, the beaches were closed yesterday due to strong rip currents. Today things weren’t much better. Diagonal waves were predominant, rip currents were everywhere, and the wind was unrelenting. I tried a few times to enjoy it but it just wasn’t possible.
While the beach was open to swimming today, lifeguards kept folks in water only up to their needs. Boogie boarding was only allowed in front of the break. As a parent to kids who aren’t that tall and don’t weigh all that much, it made me nervous. These conditions are expected to continue through the mid-week. Couple that with rain and gusty wind we may get and the whole thing is worth paying attention too.
For your convenience, here’s a link to WBTW’s weather page. No need to panic or anything, but in my opinion, it’s never a bad idea to go into a tropical storm or hurricane situation informed.
Stay safe – and consider staying out of the great Atlantic over the next few days.
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