Red flags already displayed along Baldwin County beaches before tropical system | New
Yellow flags were posted Thursday morning, June 17, 2021 on beaches in Baldwin County, but were changed to red in the afternoon as a precaution. Beach safety officials expect conditions to worsen as a tropical system pushes towards the Gulf Coast.
Orange Beach lifeguards noticed an increase in return currents and coordinated with Gulf Shores to effect the change simultaneously. Gulf Shores beach safety officials said Thursday may be the last good beach day this week.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and the forecast, but at the moment there are six to eight foot waves and really strong currents and conditions,” said Joethan Phillips, chief of beach safety for Gulf. Shores.
Many people took advantage of the beautiful day on Thursday and said they plan to make the most of their stay even as the weather turns bad.
” We are here. We are in family. We are with friends. Everyone is here. I’m going to have a great time, âsaid Theresa Charlton of Charleston, SC. âWe are going to have a new member of the family with a beautiful marriage. We’re just excited and couldn’t be happier.
âYou just have to ride like everyone else. Have funâ¦ have fun, âsaid James Taylor of Gadsden, AL. âJust choppy waves. That’s it.”
Others are leaving on Saturday when the weather is supposed to be at its worst and have concerns on their way home.
âYeah! And we can’t wait to drive, which is just great,â said Terri Ingram of Arkansas with a sarcastic laugh.
âJust people who are safe on the way home and slow down,â said Jody Hall of Illinois. âI’m worried about the semi-finals on the highway, flying next to me. It’s a bit annoying in the bad rains.
Most visitors just hoped that whatever the tropical system turns into remains in the west and said they would make the most of whatever Mother Nature brings.
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