Storm system off Florida coast creating dangerous rip currents

Red flags to stay up through week

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The developing low pressure system off our coast, named Invest 90, will continue to become a little better organized Wednesday night, and surfers at Cocoa Beach took full advantage of the swells it was producing.


Jack Anderson said the waves Wednesday near the Cocoa Beach Pier were the best he's seen this year.

"It's very nice, very nice," said Anderson. "It's been relatively calm considering the last few days of wind."

But that same system, which is about 100 miles off the coast, is making the conditions extremely rough for swimmers and creating a lot of dangerous rip currents.

Brevard Ocean Rescue flew red flags up and down the coast, and officials said it will continue to stay that way for at least until the end of the week.

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If you're not an experienced swimmer, lifeguards advise to not go in the water.

"Don't go out here," Anderson said. "Don't get past waist deep if you can help it, because it's a strong current and the waves are surprisingly strong. It's just not safe to be out there without some sort of device to keep you out of harm's way."

Overall, it wasn't a waste of a day for those who went to Cocoa Beach. For the most part, the rain stayed away, and folks were able to lay out and enjoy the sand, just not the surf.

Brevard Ocean Rescue said no one had to be rescued Wednesday, due in large part to very few people going in the water. In fact, lifeguards were walking up to beachgoers warning them about the rough conditions.

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