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Tybee officials caution beach-goers as Arthur strengthens


The National Hurricane Center said the first named storm of the Atlantic season is becoming better organized off of Florida, and is expected to become a hurricane.

Forecasters expect tropical storm Arthur to strengthen over the next two days and turn toward the north on Wednesday. Forecasters predict rain and life-threatening surf and rip currents. Officials on Tybee Island are urging people to be careful.

"Our fireworks are on Thursday, so we expect big crowds out there, so just the advice we would give to people is, number one, if you are going to come out here and swim, try to swim where there are lifeguards posted. Secondly, if you have small children, be very cognizant of them and don't allow them to go too deep in the water, and if you are not a good swimmer, be very, very cautious, obviously," said Jason Buelterman, Tybee Island Mayor.

Tybee officials want everyone to monitor the rip current flags. The flag is currently green, which means the water conditions are good, but officials say those flags will probably change over the next few days. 

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