NEW YORK — New York City beaches will be closed to swimmers Sunday and Monday due to dangerous conditions expected as Tropical Storm Henri makes its way through the area, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation said Friday.
Dangerous rip currents with ocean swells of 2 to 4 feet are possible at Atlantic Ocean beaches, according to the National Weather Service.
Red flags and closure notices will warn people not to swim, parks department officials said.
“We are serious about protecting all parkgoers. Out of caution for the dangerous conditions that are predicted, we have decided to close all City beaches to swimming,” said NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Margaret Nelson. “While surfing will still be allowed, lifeguards will not be on duty, and we strongly urge all New Yorkers not to risk their lives by ignoring this directive.”
Tropical Storm Henri could strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall over the weekend. As of Friday it remained unclear if Henri would make a direct hit on Long Island or New England. In any case, heavy winds, strong winds and rip currents are expected in the areas.