Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman took to Facebook on Sunday afternoon, urging beach-goers to stay out of the water until further notice due to dangerous conditions.
Per Tybee Ocean Rescue, people need to stay out of the water at the beach until further notice. The waters are very, very rough today but lots of people are at the beach. Extremely dangerous rip currents. Double red flags are flying and will be for the remainder of today. Please pass this along to any friends at the beach today.
Potential Tropical Cyclone 10 is something the WTOC First Alert Weather Team is keeping a close eye on off the coast of the eastern shore board. On Sunday, Tybee Island Ocean Rescue was out warning all beach-goers to stay out of the water.
With the current conditions developing off the coast, the double red flags are flying Monday on Tybee as well, and all beach-goers are still being warned to stay out of the water.
Ocean Rescue says the winds were blowing at 50 MPH on Sunday. Such windy conditions can cause strong rip currents and big waves to continue along the coast.
Also, just walking on the beach is uncomfortable because the gusty wind is constantly blowing sand all over the beach. If you choose to go in the water, you will be asked to leave the beach.
"When they do stuff like that when they're asked not to and they get in trouble and then we have to go in and save them, it puts the lifeguards at risk, puts themselves at risk. You have to look at the big picture. It's a lot more, not just them, it's a lot more people put in danger," said Ashley Fields, Tybee Island Fire Chief.
Ocean Rescue doesn't expect water conditions to change anytime soon.
As we continue to follow this weather pattern, it is important to know this system could later turn into Tropical Storm Irma. The National Hurricane Center has already issued tropical storm watches for nearly the entire length of both the South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines.
Stay with WTOC as we continue to track this tropical system.
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