From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
ORANGE BEACH –With spring break underway for most local schools, local residents have flocked to the beach or are planning an upcoming weekend trip.
Understanding the gulf water conditions is fundamental to having a safe and enjoyable trip.
The city of Orange Beach is warning visitors of dangerous rip currents. The dangerous conditions are expected to continue until at least Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
“Today we are flying single Red Flags in Orange Beach due to the high rip current forecast,” the city posted to social media on Wednesday morning. “Though waters are not closed, they remain dangerous.”
The city shared a post from Orange Beach Surf Rescue that warned of the situation.
“Single red flags are flying in Orange Beach today – Wednesday, March 28 – due to the high rip current forecast from the National Weather Service. One red flag means that the surf is high or there are dangerous currents, or both. Though you can still swim if there is a red flag, you should use extreme caution and go in the Gulf only if you’re a strong swimmer.”
The gulf was closed to swimmers on Tuesday.
There is still rough surf along the beaches. High risk of Rip Currents until at least Thursday night. https://t.co/yJdFHmJmvm
— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) March 28, 2018