Prepare for a dangerous weekend at Florida’s East Coast beaches

High surf, rip current threat top hazards

High surf

ORLANDO, Fla. – Behind the cold front that has drastically dropped temperatures across all of Central Florida Friday, the wind associated with the front continues churning up the Atlantic.

It is advised not to enter the ocean through the weekend as the surf and rip current threat will be extremely high. A high surf advisory is in effect through at least Sunday morning. Minor beach erosion and coastal flooding will also be possible through the weekend.

Small craft advisory

For boaters, a small craft advisory is in effect through Sunday morning. Wind gusts out at sea could still top out around 40 mph. Wave heights off the coast of Florida are expected to be in the 10 to 15 foot range.

Conditions improve slightly early next work week.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.