Daytona Beach, FL – It’s the peak of hurricane season and the weather maps tell the story. The most immediate is Florence and while it’s expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, our beaches will be affected. Captain Andrew Etheridge of Volusia County Beach Safety said that beachgoers can expect to see, “larger waves, extremely high tides and a lot of debris.”
Etheridge said that the red flag has been flying for the last few days and he expects that “to continue into the foreseeable future.” He said they want people to know that “by Wednesday, wave heights are expected to reach 6 to 9 feet.”
Etheridge said the increased wave heights have already hurt a couple of people. One, a surfer, got slammed to the bottom head first. That man was immobilized after rescue as a precaution. A woman also got slammed to the bottom so hard that her arm was severely broken.
Keeping people out of the water is very difficult. Etheridge said he knows surfers will want to try it out but he urges novices to “sit this one out.” He cautions anyone that gets into the water to make sure they are near a staffed lifeguard station.