Rip Currents Keep Bathers Close to Shore in East

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - So much for a perfect finale to the summer vacation season.

On beaches from Maryland to New Jersey, rip currents and strong swells in the Atlantic Ocean associated with Hurricane Danielle meant another day of swimming restrictions Monday.

And it could get worse later in the week. A second hurricane, Earl, battered Puerto Rico on Monday and is expected to zip up the coast, bringing at least more rough seas, and possibly tropical storm conditions, including heavy rain and strong wind to some areas.

Earl is expected to pass off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday and continue parallel to land, passing by Maine on Saturday.

National Hurricane Center maps show a chance that it could hit land anywhere from North Carolina through New England.

Authorities say a Florida surfer died and a Maryland man has been missing since Saturday. So far, no fatalities have been reported at New Jersey beaches.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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