Rip current warning issued along Brevard, Volusia coasts
Isolated showers in forecast, high temps to reach 90
As thousands pack the beach this Memorial Day, the National Weather Service is warning of life-threatening rough surf and rip currents along the Volusia and Brevard county coasts.
The beach hazards statement is in effect until Monday evening. The currents have already turned deadly.
On Sunday, a man was pulled from the water in Daytona Beach Shores after getting caught in a rip current. It was too late to save him, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Patrol, who says the man died at the hospital after several beach goers worked to pull him from the rough surf.
Officials say the drowning happened in front of an empty lifeguard tower. They are stressing the importance of swimming near an open lifeguard tower Monday.
If you get caught in a rip current, yell for help, remain calm, and stay afloat while waiting for help. Officials say to swim at an angle away from the current, then once out of the rip current, swim directly back toward the beach.
Monday is slated to have high temperatures in interior spots reach 90 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain.
"We're tracking isolated showers for our Memorial Day holiday," said Local 6 meteorologist Julie Broughton. "Rip current risk remains very high thanks to winds from the east."
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