Southampton Town Closes Beaches to Swimming Ahead of Isaias

The Beach Report at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on August 4. Photo by Jessica Mackin-Cipro

As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the tri-state area Tuesday, it brings with it dangerous surf conditions.

As of 10 a.m., the National Weather Service said Isaias was located 45 miles south-southeast of Annapolis, Maryland, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and moving to the north-northeast at 35 mph.

The Town of Southampton has issued an order banning swimming at its beaches on Tuesday, in advance of the storm. According to Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s office “no swimming” signs will be posted at lifeguard-protected beaches and lifeguards will remain on hand to monitor the situation until about 1:30 p.m.

Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on Tuesday, August 4. Photo by Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Dangerous rip tides are expected. The NWS is predicting swells of up to 10 feet and wind gusts of up to 70 mph once Isaias tracks just west of Long Island later on Tuesday.

At the East Hampton ocean beaches, John Ryan Jr, the head of the town lifeguards, said that, as of Tuesday morning, the swells were only one to two feet, so the surf was still safe. However, he said, his team will continue to monitor the situation as the storm approaches.

“We will be the last to see it,” he said about the tropical storm.

The three county ocean beaches will be closed to swimming (Smith Point, Cupspgue and Meschutte). Lifeguards will still be on site in case there needs to be emergency rescues but will not be in the stands.

Meanwhile, a tornado watch is in effect for the Long Island until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Forecasters say Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, moving over the area this afternoon and evening.

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