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Rip Current Warning Issued at City Beaches

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Swimmers headed to some city beaches were being advised on Wednesday to watch out for powerful rip currents.

The National Weather Service says there is a high risk of rip currents at Coney Island and Rockaway Beach, with the strongest ones expected in the afternoon and evening hours.

Rip currents are strong channels of water that flow quickly away from the shore usually in low spots or areas where there are breaks in the sandbars.

"I was just panicking so I just tried to get out from the currents," said Natalia Ivania, who got caught in a rip current last year while swimming at Coney Island Beach.

Wednesday's rip current risk was caused by southerly winds. But with Tropical Storm Arthur moving up the east coast, city beaches could see more rip currents, rough surf and heavy rain into the holiday weekend.

"I ain't worrying about that. That's why I'm here now you know what I mean get my time in get in get out," said one swimmer.

Beachgoers should only swim in areas with lifeguards on duty, and pay close attention to any flags and signs indicating rip currents in the area.

If you do get caught in one, you should swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the current's force, then swim back to the beach.

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