Debby causes dangerous swimming conditions

Rip currents have lifeguards concerned

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rough waves and dangerous surf are keeping Beverly Martz out of the water while she's vacationing from Iowa.

Debby has forced the family to rearrange their plans.

"It's like every time we get out there (to the beach), here comes the rain. We were hoping to get suntans," Martz said Wednesday.

No one is doing a lot of sunbathing as Debby moves out to the Atlantic Ocean. The wet conditions should soon be drying up, but Debby will continue to affect swimmers throughout the beaches of Flagler and Volusia Counties.

"It's so rough out and we can expect those conditions through the weekend. Strong rip currents will be dangerous conditions for the big crowds we're expecting this weekend," Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris said.

Red caution flags were flying Wednesday afternoon to warn swimmers and surfers of the strong rip currents as Debby churns up four to six foot waves.

Lifeguards are concerned for the weekend when conditions above the water improve, but below the water are dangerous rip currents.

"I'm not going to go in deep. I will put my feet in. Be really careful," Ashley Ryan said.

Lifeguards in Volusia County will be fully staffed for the weekend.

Lifeguards are urging families to only swim in front of open life guard towers.

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