Florence brings dangerous beach conditions to Hilton Head

(Source: WTOC)
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Updated: Sep. 14, 2018 at 3:36 PM EDT
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Even though parts of North Carolina are getting hammered by Hurricane Florence, people on Hilton Head Island are soaking up some sun.

People were out in their bathing suits and lounging in their beach chairs Friday on Coligny Beach.

According to the latest forecast, our parts of the Lowcountry could see minimal effects from Hurricane Florence, which is good news, but if you plan on going to the beach on Hilton Head Island, those with Shore Beach Services say you still need to be careful.

We're not out of the woods just yet and we could possibly see some strong rip currents along the shore. Lifeguards on Hilton Head say they're not prohibiting swimmers from the water, but you should use caution.

"I would say if you don't know how to swim, I wouldn't be in the water over the next few days. If you do swim, keep it to knee deep water or waist deep. Usually, we let people go to chest deep water, but I don't think that's the best idea for the next few days," Shore Services Operations Manager Mike Wagner said.

Lifeguards say leave the umbrellas home this weekend, the wind is too strong and you don't want it going airborne.

Because of the rip currents and the offshore wind, don't take any floats, tubes, or rafts into the water, because they will blow away from the shore.

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