MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Red flags were flying up and down South Florida’s beaches on Tuesday as gusty wind created a high risk for rip currents.
CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez said we can expect winds in the 18-25 mph range over the next day or so with gusts in the 30s. This creates dangerous in the water conditions for both swimmers and boaters.
We will also be experiencing higher than normal tides which could cause some coastal flooding in the usual spots along Miami Beach.
On Miami Beach, Ocean Rescue had posted both red and purple flags to warn beachgoers.
“The beach today is extremely hazardous because of the high wind and high surf,” Ocean Rescue Lt. Gerry Falconer. “What we are recommending is that people come and enjoy the beach but today is not a day to go bathing. The lifeguards are flying read and purple flags. The red flag is a condition of high surf, dangerous conditions specifically strong rip currents. The purple flag is for marine life, which today is some jelly fish.”
Some, however, chose not to heed the warnings. Surfer Raphael Ruiz said he waits for this type of weather all year long.
“Our summer is really flat. We get like four months of no waves, so hopefully I’m in good shape to go out there,” said Ruiz.
A bit inland, tourists and residents alike were dealing with some minor flooding around Alton Road and 10th Street.
I can’t get around. I don’t know what they can do to fix this,” said Anita Reibel as she looked over a flooded Alton Road. “I’m trying to get to 10th Street and I don’t know how I’m going to get there.”
The high winds should begin to subside by Wednesday evening.