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Red tide could impact Palm Beach County through Friday

Posted: 11:54 AM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 20:37:46Z
Red tide could impact area through Friday
Red tide could impact area through Friday

As beaches remain closed in Palm Beach County, a lifeguard at Jupiter Beach Park was wearing a mask Wednesday morning while fixing the red tape blocking people from walking to the beach.

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A nearby sign about water conditions warns people about red tide, saying the water is closed.

Palm Beach County officials had been planning to open beaches Wednesday, but decided Tuesday afternoon to keep them closed because lifeguards continued to report irritation.

NOAA predicts red tide will stick around the area through Friday.

On Wednesday morning, some people were still fishing and spending time around the Jupiter Inlet side of the park.

“Everyone should self regulate, make the decision for yourself. I mean, if you’re feeling bad leave the area or get out of the water, but I guess it’s the best to have them closed for now," said Curtis Teft, a drone pilot who was capturing drone video of Jupiter Inlet on Wednesday.

Teft said he felt some minor irritation from the red tide, but not enough to send him home.

Coughing, sneezing, irritated eyes, nose and throat are the common mild symptoms associated with red tide. People with asthma, allergies or emphysema are more at risk for severe symptoms.