Spring Break at the beach: Red flags and rip tide warnings


Thousands of families are enjoying life at the beach during the Mobile and Baldwin County school systems spring break this week.  However, beach officials have issued a red flag warning today for rough surf and dangerous rip currents.  Melvin Shepard, Aquatics and Beach Safety Director for the city of Orange Beach issued the alert this morning.

“Today, we are flying red flags.  For your safety, you are advised to stay out of the water,” said Shepard in a press release to Fox10News this morning.  “Surf conditions are rough with some waves of two to three feet breaking near the shore.  The water visibility off the beach is low.  Please remember that conditions can change quickly, so always check conditions before entering the gulf.”

Shepard said there are lifeguards on duty but that the absence of lifeguards along certain areas of the beach doesn’t mean it’s safe to enter the water Sunday.  Shepard added it’s  always safest to swim where lifeguards are present under any conditions.

A cold front bringing rain and the slight possibility of thunderstorms is expected to arrive Monday morning according to weather officials.  Fox10News Meteorologist Matt Barrentine will have the latest weather forecast information on Fox10News at 9:00 p.m..

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