WESTPORT, Mass. - Hurricane Chris has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. While the storm may be hundreds of miles off our shore, it is forcing some Massachusetts beaches to take precautions.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation reopened Horseneck Beach Thursday morning after it was closed Wednesday night. A sign warned swimmers of potential 3 to 6-foot waves. The wave risk can be double the average size and strong enough to take swimmers out to sea.
Horseneck Beach is back open! Dept. of Conservation & Recreation officials came back this morning to make sure water was safe to swim. Now flag changed from red to yellow - meaning “medium hazard” for rip currents. Strong waves may continue from tropical storm Chris! @boston25 pic.twitter.com/oK7heg4Omb— Litsa Pappas (@LitsaPappas) July 12, 2018
DCR officials came back to the beach to make sure water was safe for swimming.
The flag has been changed from red to yellow, meaning there is a "medium hazard" for rip currents.
Some beaches remain closed for dangerous rip currents following #HurricaneChris - which has now downgraded to a tropical storm. What you need to know if you’re heading to the beach today - I’m live all morning on @boston25 #sunrise pic.twitter.com/OLgaVWXo0Z— Litsa Pappas (@LitsaPappas) July 12, 2018
Other beaches along the Massachusetts coast may also remain closed Thursday due to the rip currents.
State officials want to remind beachgoers, if you're swimming and get caught up in a rip current, don't swim against the current. You should swim parallel to the shoreline until it's safe to swim back to shore.
Even though the waters may be dangerous, some beachgoers say the state shouldn't have to close the beaches.
As long as people stay out of the water, I think it would be fun because there are great waves coming in. A lot of families could bring their kids and come to see it," said Steven Duarte of Taunton.
DCR managers will continue monitoring the rip currents along the Cape and in southeastern Massachusetts.
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