Red flags posted in Virginia Beach due to rough surf

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Red flags have been posted at Sandbridge Beach and all Oceanfront beaches for the second straight day due to rough surf.

The City of Virginia Beach tweeted Saturday that red flags were put in place at Sandbridge Beach as well as the Oceanfront.

Tom Gill, who is the chief of Virginia Beach Life Saving Services, says visitors should expect to see similar conditions for the next couple of days.

“High winds, high surf, extremely dangerous rip currents, and stuff that’s likely not going to be swimmable,” Gill says.

Gill says seeing red flags are common during this time of the year but people need to be more cautious when heading out.

Life guard stands will not be manned started on Monday.

Instead, life guards will be patrolling the beach on four-wheelers where red flags will be flown.

Gill says visitors should think twice about getting in the water because life guards will not be there to have their backs.

“Please, please do not over estimate you’re swimming abilities and understand the ocean is an unforgiving beast when it wants to be,” he said.

To find out if red flags are up on the beach, you can call the Virginia Beach 3-1-1 information line.