Developing tropical system increases rip current risk along East Coast

Invest 96L could soon become tropical depression

The risk of dangerous rip currents is increasing Thursday along the East Coast thanks to a developing tropical system.

Invest 96L is located north of the Bahamas and the National Hurricane Center gives it a 70% chance of development within five days.

In the meantime, the cluster of showers and storms is causing rough surf along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coastlines.

Risk current risks are moderate for parts of the North Carolina and New England coastlines on Thursday, with wave heights of up to 3 feet.

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On Friday, the risk of rip currents increases along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts with wave heights up to 5 feet in some places.

The risk continues increasing along the New England and Northeast coasts through the weekend as the system skirts the East Coast.