ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Beach goers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach were treated to nice weather Saturday, October 5 despite tropical storm Karen's approach. Double red flags continued to fly as a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water.
The surf was rough, but the beach itself had an air of calm about it at Cotton Bayou Public Beach. Some folks came out to see the rough conditions, but most were just soaking in the sun and having a good time.
“I mean, the waves... you can tell they’re big. If I could go in, I would,” one beachgoer said.
“Checked the weather this morning and just a few minutes ago and I didn’t see anything on the radar that was immediate, so we came on down to have a good time,” said another visitor from Daphne, Ala.
It was a “good time”, not Tropical Storm Karen, that was on everyone’s mind. Two girlfriends visiting from Georgia stepped up the beach going experience to a new level.
“We have to have our tunes when we’re down here. We like country music on the Bose system and we like Corona Lights, and these are limes from my house,” said one of them.
Not everyone was content to stay on the dry sand. Some folks found the temptation of the rough surf too much to withstand.
“You can just feel it sucking on your feet and going out there,” said a teenage boy who was swimming with his father. “It’s really dangerous, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun.”
FOX10 asked if it worries them, with the tide sucking at their feet trying to pull them out.
“You feel it after a while. You just have to get back in. We try and stay pretty shallow,” said the boy’s friend.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Public Safety officials want to remind people that while they are welcome to come to the beach and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, you must abide by the law. When double red flags are flying, it is against the law to swim in the gulf. Doing so anyway could result in a citation and fines up to $500.
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