NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — We’re in the peak of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season until mid-September, and there’s no shortage of activity in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Franklin will pass well offshore and our southeast, however, it’s such a large and powerful storm that it will churn up local waters quite a bit this week.

Wave heights are expected to reach 5 to 8 feet, with some higher wave heights possible, especially in ocean-facing areas.

The waves aren’t the only concern, as there will also be a risk of strong rip currents.

The timing looks to be later Tuesday and through Wednesday as the storm passes offshore.

WAVE FORECAST: 1 p.m. Wednesday

WAVE FORECAST: 11 p.m. Wednesday

The rough surf may continue into the weekend as Idalia also passes south of us off the Carolina coast.

Ocean, Bay & Beach // A look at the conditions by the coast »

Some reminders to keep in mind when the surf is rough:

  • Swim only in designated areas being watched by lifeguards
  • Be aware of your surroundings when in the water
  • Avoid walking on rocky areas or jetties, especially when the waves are crashing (these are strong enough to knock people off the rocks)

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