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    Karl to stir dangerous surf along eastern US coast while eyeing Bermuda

    By By Brian Thompson, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
    September 25, 2016, 6:05:44 AM EDT

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    Karl will pass very close to Bermuda, while waves propagating outward produce rough surf along the United States east coast this weekend.

    Enough though Karl will make a curve to the north and northeast, the strengthening tropical storm will pass close to Bermuda into early Saturday morning.


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    "Karl will pass within 80 miles of Bermuda between midnight and daybreak Saturday morning," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

    Karl to batter Bermuda with strong winds, rough seas and heavy rain

    Karl is likely to become the fifth hurricane of the Atlantic season, but it may wait to strengthen until after it passes by Bermuda.

    "Karl will produce wind gusts to hurricane force, especially over the hilly areas and high structures on the islands during the first part of the weekend," Kottlowski said.


    Winds will be strong enough to cause sporadic power outages. Unsecured items could become projectiles and cause property damage.

    In addition to the strong winds, building swells will create dangerous conditions for bathers and boaters around the islands in the short term.

    Cruise ships may want to remain in port or avoid the area until after the storm passes later this weekend.

    Overwash from large waves slamming the islands will cause coastal flooding into Saturday.

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    Periods of rain can be heavy enough to cause urban flooding on the islands. However, non-flooding rainfall is beneficial as rainwater is captured, sanitized and used for drinking purposes. There are no freshwater sources on the islands.

    Rough surf and strong rip currents will impact United States east coast beaches

    Despite remaining more than 500 miles offshore, Karl will still impact the east coast this weekend.

    Swells will build and lead to rough surf.

    The increasing amount of incoming waves will lead to strong outgoing currents, or rip currents.


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    If caught in a rip current, the best thing to do is to swim parallel to the shore.

    The worst conditions will extend from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and will last into Sunday morning.

    People should exercise caution when venturing into the water, especially where lifeguards are not on duty.

    Minor beach erosion can also occur from the distant storm.

    As Karl races away to the northeast, waves should subside as Sunday progresses, not only along the east coast of the U.S., but also around Bermuda.

    Story content contributed by Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.

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