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Tropical Disturbance Churning Up Delmarva Beaches

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – Conditions were rough along the east coast, including Ocean City, Tuesday. Higher than normal swells, pounding waves and dangerous rip currents were the consequence of Hurricane Gaston far out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lt. Ward Kovacs of the Ocean City Beach Patrol said the focus is on keeping vacationers protected.

"Sometimes with storms you get a bigger surf,” Kovacs said. “With bigger surf you get bigger rip currents and stronger rip currents."

Kovacs is urging beach-goers to make sure they swim in sight of a lifeguard. This weekend, he said, there are roughly 40 to 45 lifeguards that will be on duty. Because many have gone back to school or returned home, lifeguards will be spread farther apart.

"Our goal is to make sure everyone has maximum access to the beach and to the water as long as they can do it safely. The main message is please make sure you swim where a lifeguard is close by,” Kovacs said.

Forecasters expect conditions could worsen as a tropical depressing works it’s way closer to the east coast. The strength of that storm is likely to have a significant impact on surf conditions this Labor Day weekend.

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