As Hurricane Lee continues moving west, residents and visitors are urged to exercise extreme caution due to the impending threat of rip currents. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for the Volusia County coastline, highlighting the potential danger of rip currents throughout the weekend and next week.

Although the waves are anticipated to be relatively small, the rip currents hidden beneath the surface pose a significant risk to swimmers. To ensure beachgoer safety, authorities strongly advise everyone to swim exclusively in an area close to a staffed lifeguard tower if they enter the water.

Individuals planning beach trips this weekend or next week should take proactive measures to stay safe. The Volusia Beaches app is a valuable resource, providing real-time information on staffed lifeguard tower locations, weather conditions, and other essential updates related to beach safety.

Below are some safety reminders for individuals planning to visit the beach this upcoming weekend and throughout the following week:

  • Always swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.
  • Pay close attention to any posted warnings or flags.
  • Keep a close eye on children and inexperienced swimmers.
  • Refrain from swimming alone.
  • Follow lifeguard instructions at all times.

For additional information about beach safety, download the Volusia Beaches app or call 386-239-7873.

-Clayton J. Jackson


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