Off-shore winds turned currents into killers - Strong winds from the south and the remnants of an offshore tropical storm have joined forces to create deadly conditions at area beaches, where seven people are presumed to have drowned over the weekend. "There's all kinds of currents right now." Earlier in the week, Tropical Storm Cristobal came up from the coast of North Carolina and headed toward Canada. Although that storm stayed about 250 to 300 miles off the coast, it kicked up vicious waves that pounded New York-area beaches. "The waves have been running pretty high over the past several days. They're running as high as 8 feet." 2- to 3-foot swells are more common this time of year. At the same time, swimmers are also battling the strong southern winds, particularly at Long Island beaches, which face that direction.