(NECN/CNN) - As New England braces for a possible brush with Hurricane Earl, southern states are giving East Coast residents a preview of what to expect as the storm closes in.
Reporter Reid Lamberty shows us what swimmers and lifeguards are dealing with in Florida.
The calm before the storm isn't so calm after all. Earl may never make landfall there, but stirring up the sea is something else. Rip currents are growing more dangerous. Beach goers are urged to use wisdom.
Rip currents are narrow, powerful currents of water. Each year, they kill more people in Florida than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
Experts say try not to panic if you are caught in a rip current. Swim along the shoreline.