Here’s how Hurricane Franklin will impact New England beaches this week
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Here’s how Hurricane Franklin will impact New England beaches this week

Hurricane Franklin will pass several hundred miles off the New England coastline, but ocean swells will propagate from the cyclone, sending large waves and resulting dangerous rip currents to area beaches through the end of the week.”We’re heading toward the last gasp of summer, and beachgoers need to be extra careful if heading into the water through the end of the week. A thing to keep in mind is that many of the lifeguards are no longer at many area beaches,” StormTeam 5 chief meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon said.A high surf advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday for southern Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties in Massachusetts, and Newport and Washington counties in Rhode Island.”So with (Franklin) hundreds of miles off our coast, we’re really going to only have the impacts of the large waves headed toward our coastline. And that’s going to create rough surf, high surf advisory in our south facing beaches, the Cape, the islands here really through (Thursday),” Fitzgibbon said. The waves will build to 5-8 feet on the south-facing beaches of the islands and the South Coast on Wednesday. Even east-facing `beaches will see larger swells and rip current risks, especially the outer Cape.The National Weather Service has tips if caught in a rip current: “If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”Tracking the Tropics:

Hurricane Franklin will pass several hundred miles off the New England coastline, but ocean swells will propagate from the cyclone, sending large waves and resulting dangerous rip currents to area beaches through the end of the week.

“We’re heading toward the last gasp of summer, and beachgoers need to be extra careful if heading into the water through the end of the week. A thing to keep in mind is that many of the lifeguards are no longer at many area beaches,” StormTeam 5 chief meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon said.

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A high surf advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday for southern Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties in Massachusetts, and Newport and Washington counties in Rhode Island.

“So with (Franklin) hundreds of miles off our coast, we’re really going to only have the impacts of the large waves headed toward our coastline. And that’s going to create rough surf, high surf advisory in our south facing beaches, the Cape, the islands here really through (Thursday),” Fitzgibbon said.

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The waves will build to 5-8 feet on the south-facing beaches of the islands and the South Coast on Wednesday. Even east-facing `beaches will see larger swells and rip current risks, especially the outer Cape.

The National Weather Service has tips if caught in a rip current: “If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”

Tracking the Tropics:

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