High-Surf Advisory Likely to Continue Through the Week

Surfers took advantage of the waves at White Sands on Napeague on Sunday. Durell Godfrey

Hurricane-related rains and winds may have abated, but the Atlantic Ocean is still roaring.

At 4:22 a.m., the National Weather Service posted a rip current statement, a hazardous weather outlook, and a high-surf advisory for Atlantic Ocean beaches of Suffolk County. It will be in effect through this evening.

"Surf height will be around six to seven feet, and there is a high risk of rip currents," said Melissa Dispigna, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's office in Upton. "Some of the beaches may be closed to the public, but if you're not a strong swimmer, it's advised not to go in."

While the hazardous weather outlook is already in effect until this evening, it is likely that it will continue through the week due to the tropical system remaining offshore, causing strong currents.

According to the National Weather Service's rip current statement, "rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties, and piers."

If caught in a rip current, people should yell for help but remain calm. To swim out of the current, you should swim parallel to shore until you are away from the force, and then begin swimming back toward the beach.

Up-to-date information can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio or at weather.gov.