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Fiona Will Cause Dangerous Rip Currents Along the East Coast

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The waves at the center of Fiona are over 50 feet. Not only does that present a huge threat to maritime safety, those waves are pushing towards the east coast and they'll start to generate dangerous rip currents later in the week.

Florida - Wednesday September 21, 2022: Out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Fiona is now a powerful Category 4 storm. It’s expected to bring damaging winds and rain to Bermuda as it passes just north of that island on its way to Canada this weekend.

But while it poses no direct threat to Florida, it is generating dangerous rip currents along the entire east coast of the U.S.

A huge wave field is developing warns Acting National Hurricane Director Jamie Rhome, and that’s pushing swells towards the east coast that will create dangerous rip currents in the days ahead.

"Waves to over 50 feet, in addition to being a huge maritime safety issue, these waves will start to move towards the coast later in the week and the chances of rip currents along the east coast will go up," said Rhome. "So, if you’re visiting the beach this weekend you have to check local conditions first.”

Now there is another system brewing over the Venezuelan Coast and heading into the Caribbean. It doesn’t haves a name yet, its just a disturbance, but Rhome says it has potential.

"This new area here that’s about to move into the Caribbean, indicates a high probability that it could develop into a tropical depression or a tropical storm over the next couple of days and then move off into the west-northwest direction," said Rhome, but he cautions against the rampant and unfounded speculation circulating on social media about the track it will take.

“There is a lot of speculation out there as to the potential impact of this system to the United States, and that is way too premature. Remember, the predictability of systems that haven’t yet formed is very low. So, again there is a lot of bad information out there. I want to urge that you follow trusted, reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center.”