NEW YORK — New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will close all of the city's beaches to swimming and surfing Friday and Saturday as they anticipate "dangerous conditions predicted as an effect of Hurricane Dorian."
The city's 53 outdoor public pools and 650 spray showers will still be under normal operations.
“Based on conditions projected by the National Weather Service, and in consultation with our sister agencies, Parks is closing all city beaches this Friday and Saturday,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. “We implore New Yorkers to take the closures seriously and not to risk their safety by ignoring this directive and swimming and surfing while our shores are experiencing the impacts from Hurricane Dorian.”
The National Weather Service predicts a dangerous rip current threat with possible ocean swells up to 10 feet on Friday and Saturday. This will affect all Atlantic Ocean beaches.
The storm has downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, but strong winds of about 90 mph can still do plenty of damage.
From Georgia to the Carolinas, hundreds of thousands of residents have evacuated within last week.
Parks lifeguards and enforcement staff will be posted along the coastline to enforce the swimming and surfing ban. Closure signage will be posted at entryways of all beaches.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has not issued a beach closure, but he is asking anyone visiting state beaches to stay out of the water.