Though Hurricane Cristobal has no threat of making landfall, the hurricane is causing massive waves and rip currents down the Shore. Lifeguards have imposed swimming restrictions; in Ocean City, swimmers are only allowed to wade knee-deep in the water.
Cristobal, the third Atlantic hurricane in a relatively slow season, is being blamed for seven deaths. One teenager drowned in Ocean City, Maryland — the third drowning death there this summer — while a 17-year-old died after being pulled under by a rip current in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
Another challenge for Jersey life guards? Many have already left to go back to school. Seaside Heights lifeguard captain Rob Connor told The Star-Ledger his lifeguards made 20 saves involving 30 people on Monday and Tuesday.
AccuWeather says conditions at the Jersey Shore will start improving on Friday.