Red flag warning: Virginia Beach

By Curt Autry - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WWBT) - Hurricane Bill won't even come close to making landfall in the United States, yet at Virginia Beach high surf and rip currents already pose a serious threat.

The red flags are already flying along the oceanfront. Earlier today lifeguards had to rescue a few people from rip currents as higher seas rolled in. The waves are deceptive, they're not that big yet, but the rip current and under-tow are both strong.

And as Bill continues its trek north, the surf will only get rougher, if you plan on going to the beach this weekend keep the kids out of the water:

"For swimmers, it's certainly going to mean they're probably not going to get into the water. I would anticipate as of tomorrow - the water will be basically closed, you'll be able to walk along the shoreline about ankle deep," said Virginia Beach Lifesaving Services Capt. Tom Gill.

The surf will likely continue to build through Monday. Virginia Beach Emergency Management officials say, they will continue to monitor the storm.

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