SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (WPIX)—A few brave souls tiptoed from the soggy sand into the frothy tide Thursday, but no one dared go past waist-deep water. Riptides churned up by Hurricane Earl are already hammering coastal towns like Sea Bright, where Amanda McCabe and her boyfriend spent the afternoon.
"It pushes you in and pulls you back out...I'm not going in tomorrow, said McCabe, 20."
At Niko's Trapezi Greek Grill in Monmouth Beach, the dinner crowd was brisk. Owner Jay Keating isn't sure if his restaurant will benefit or suffer from Hurricane Earl.
"It could be pouring down rain and we could be packed...or we could be empty. I've given up on trying to predict the weather's affect on business."
Garden State Coastal areas remained under a tropical storm warning Thursday evening. Forecasters expect the any wind and rain to clear out by Saturday.