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Lifeguards flying yellow flags on Tybee

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High winds are already affecting the coast from the unnamed storm, Tropical Depression Eight, which is already north of Tybee.

Tybee Island Ocean Rescue are now flying yellow flags Tuesday after temporarily flying double red flags due to dangerous water conditions.

Double red flags mean the water is closed to the public.

Yellow flags mean "a medium hazard, moderate surf, and or currents."

We caught up with a couple of shrimpers who say the water has been pretty rough, but that's not impacting the amount of shrimp they are catching. 

"It's the first east wind we've had in two months. I mean, it's been west…west…west. The shrimp go against the wind. The wind blows in, the shrimp come out. The wind blows out, the shrimp come in. So, we want the east wind," said shrimper, Jack Coursey. 

As conditions change, the flags change, so if you go to the beach make sure to pay attention and be cautious.

Lifeguards say they decide which flag to fly based on what they see in the water – paying attention to what the waves look like if the water is churning along with the current weather conditions.

Officials say they initially closed the water around noon Tuesday because of a possible storm threat. When things cleared up, conditions became much calmer.

“With a red flag, we usually try to keep people in about waist deep. With the yellow flag, we can let people go out a little further. There’s a little more leeway in the water,” said Andrew Robinson, with Tybee Island Ocean Rescue.

But even though conditions are safer than they were, some parents say they aren’t taking any chances.

“I don’t go where it’s deep. I stay in the shallow,” said Amy McCreary.

“We are definitely going to keep our eyes open because like he said if it gets any worse, we don’t want to be out here for that,” said Kim Barkley.

Lifeguard officials expect the conditions to continue to change throughout the week. Of course, we’ll continue to follow this and keep you updated.

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