VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Crowds were at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Saturday after Hurricane Arthur moved out to sea Friday. Red flag warnings were in place again, and swimming is prohibited.
“Right now, current conditions are such that we’ve got the water closed completely to swimmers, so we’re not allowing swimmers to go out at all, not wade out, knee deep, nothing,” said Tom Gill, deputy chief of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service. “That’s just based on large surf we had all through the evening and this morning.
Despite the red flag warnings, WAVY News’ Lex Gray reported some people were still trying to get into the water Friday. But others respected the warning.
“If it’s for safety, I don’t care, it’s fine,” said beach-goer Navid Jannati. ” … so we’re just going to go to the pool.”
Super Doppler 10 meteorologist Jeff Edmondson wrote in the latest weather blog that conditions are still dangerous in the water. He said the wind from Arthur helped to create a large swell, and waves were expected to still be high for area beaches through Friday night.
Edmondson also said the rip current threat would likely remain high Saturday as the swell fades.
Extra lifeguard supervisors were in place Friday at the Oceanfront.
The National Weather Service also provides rip current forecasts, general information and safety tips online: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/akq/marine/rip.php.