As the waves brought with them a cool breeze on shore, it was perfect Wednesday evening for those hitting the beach in Gulf Shores.
"You can't beat an afternoon on the beach next to the water," said Jeremiah Wheat. "Depending on what's going on, we try to bring the kids out here in the afternoon."
Despite red flag conditions, and a potential tropical threat approaching the Gulf - Gulf Shores beach-goers are optimistic.
"This is my first day actually… we're going to do a lot of this," said Elizabeth Balderos, visiting her sister from Chicago.
Terri and Paul Feltman were spending the day on the beach with their daughter who is visiting from California.
"Couldn't be nicer today, who knows what comes next - but this is beautiful today. We're having a great time," said Terri Feltman, Bay Minette.
Down from Huntsville, Dwight Scales and family are hoping for more good weather.
"I'm looking forward to some fishing time… one got canceled… one of the captains said they probably won't go out until Friday or Saturday. So maybe
we can recover and go out and fish and catch something. My wife and daughter looking forward to shopping," said Scales.
With the cone of uncertainty, including coastal Alabama, locals know the importance of being prepared.
"Because the weather is nothing to play with because when it hits, because we've seen what it's done around Texas and everywhere else - you just don't play with it. You have to take it seriously," said Diane Seiler, Gulf Shores.
"With the way the hurricane season has gone… it's really not surprising because they just pop up out of nowhere. So you just have to be prepared for it… keep an eye on it. That's it," said Wheat.
Meanwhile, Gulf Shores City officials urging everyone to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place if they don't already have one.
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