Dangerous rip currents expected along Florida coast due to storm in Atlantic

Storm in Atlantic creating high risk for rip currents

If you’re planning to hit the beach in Volusia County the next couple of days, prepare yourself for some tough waves and strong wind gusts.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – If you’re planning to hit the beach in Volusia County the next couple of days, prepare yourself for some tough waves and strong wind gusts.

Rip currents are channels of fast-moving water that can pull swimmers away from the shore and a high rip current risk is in effect for Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly the weekend due to a storm in the Atlantic.

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“We are seeing some extremely high dangerous surf. So, we are flying the red flag. We are recommending everyone stays in close to shore,” Chief Andrew Ethridge with Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue said.

When you first arrive at the beach, take a moment to check on which colored flag is waving. These hazard flags can usually be found around the beach entrance or lifeguard stations. They come in an array of colors, each having a specific message.

Lifeguards flew the red flag Wednesday morning in Daytona Beach after the National Weather Service said choppy surf and life-threatening rip currents are expected for the coast and adjacent Atlantic.

Ethridge said lifeguards are on alert in case of any rescues, but suggests beachgoers stay out of the water for now.

“Right now, probably the number one most dangerous thing with the ocean is rip currents, that is why we are here. That’s why we put so much time into training,” Ethridge said.

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Volusia County officials offered the following rip current tips:

You can monitor rip current alerts on ClickOrlando.com’s severe weather alerts.


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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!