Ocean County felt the far edge of Hurricane Dorian on Friday, with winds whipping up surf and turning the bay into a sudsy-salty basin of rough water as wind roared through the freshly-planted dune grass in local communities.
That was about all that was expected to come to the Shore area from Dorian, which was wreaking havoc in the Carolinas after pummeling the Bahamas last week. The storm is expected to make a turn out to sea over the weekend.
A high surf advisory as well as a rip current advisory were both in effect. The National Weather Service’s office in Mount Holly predicted 6 to 10 foot breaking waves and very strong rip currents in the surf zone, which “will be a life-threatening danger to anyone who enters the surf.”
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will produce localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. It was in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Despite Friday stormy conditions, sun was expected to return Saturday and Sunday with highs near 75 degrees. The surf, however, is still expected to be too dangerous for swimming and boating. Winds will diminish to 6 to 9 m.p.h. by Sunday.