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Rough beach conditions along Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast expected from Hurricane Florence

Posted at 6:13 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 18:13:35-04

Hurricane Florence may not hit South Florida, but we're still expecting to feel her impact. 

Rip currents and beach erosion may occur as swells move in along Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

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Marcella Robins at Singer Island is already noticing a difference.

"Get out a little farther and it's really hard to come back in," said Robins.

Lifeguard William Demarino is sending out a warning for Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Florence churns towards the United States.

Yellow flags were up today (Wednesday), double red flags could go up the next few days.

"As days continue, larger surf will come in," said Demarino. "Get wet by the water edge, don't attempt to swim out far."

It's not only rip currents, beach erosion is a concern as well.

Andy Studt with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management says his crews were out surveying the beaches Wednesday.

"Definitely see some erosion on the edge of our bigger beaches and some of our dune projects," said Studt.

The swells are expected to die down by the weekend.