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Warning: Dangerous Rip Currents this Weekend

The conditions are also dangerous for people who come to rocky areas to look at the storm, such as in Narragansett along Black Point, where numerous people have been swept into the ocean over the years when a sudden wave breaks.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
State officials are warning the public that there will likely be dangerous rip currents and high surf associated with Hurricane Arthur, which is expected to roar past Rhode Island offshore over the weekend.

The state Department of Environmental Management said though the forecast predicts Arthur will remain well offshore, there will most likely be dangerous rip currents and high surf across area beaches on Friday and Saturday.

There will be swimming restrictions at state beaches, which means you'll be limited to waist or knee depth. It is also highly recommended to not swim unless in an area protected by lifeguards.

The conditions are also dangerous for people who come to rocky areas to look at the storm, such as in Narragansett along Black Point, where numerous people have been swept into the ocean over the years when a sudden wave breaks.

Wind gusts could reach 20 to 30 mph starting Friday night through Saturday. 

Pockets of heavy rain might occur on Friday and Friday night. 

In addition, increased swells and seas to 10 to 15 feet will accompany Arthur in the outer coastal waters south of Block Island Friday night and could cause difficult navigation for operators of small craft.  Boater owners are encouraged to make sure that their vessels are secured through the storm, the DEM said.

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