Treaasure Coast lifeguards expect some of the windiest conditions of the year

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. Wednesday is proving to be a windy, choppy day at beaches along the Treasure Coast.

Lifeguards at Jensen Beach kept a close eye on swimmers, as a red flag urged them to stay out of the water.

Lifeguards say the wind Wednesday was some of the strongest they've seen all year.

They say some people tried surfing in the morning, but overall, people are only visiting the beach to check out  the windy conditions.

Visitors noticed a steep drop off in the sand from the wind, though coastal engineers say it is typical for this time of year.

Lifeguards do expect to see the drop off increase over the next few days.

Officials with Florida Oceanographic say they are keeping a close on the cold fronts and high pressure systems.

But as swells grow in the ocean, they say there is a benefit to the local estuaries.

Lake Okeechobee releases over the summer flooded the estuaries with fresh water, resulting in algae blooms and toxic conditions.

The swells force more salt water into the estuaries, bring them back closer to their ideal fresh water and salt water balance.

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