GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Although the worst of Tropical Storm Karen is over for most of the Gulf Coast, beach officials in Gulf Shores aren’t taking any chances with the conditions the storm left behind.
Officials began preparing Thursday, October 3 pulling lifeguard stands, trash cans and loose items off the sand.
They also began posting double red flags across the beaches, warning beachgoers to stay out of the water.
Scott Smothers, Gulf Shores Beach Safety Supervisor, said no rescues were made over the weekend, which brought high waves and dangerous rip currents.
“The weather conditions were perfect but the water conditions were hazardous. There were beautiful blue skies and sunshine Friday and Saturday. There was rain on Sunday but there were still hazardous water conditions,” said Smothers.
Smothers says lifeguards have been patrolling the beaches making sure no one enters the waters.
He said beach goers are often not familiar with the flag system and don't know that double red flags means the waters are completely closed to the public. Public that know they aren't supposed to but enter anyway will get citations.
Smothers said officials are just thankful the conditions aren’t any worse.
“We prepare for this and we know what to expect. But we’re glad it was a non-event. Relief is the big thing we feel," Smothers said.
Officials said the waters should be downgraded back to single red flag conditions on Monday morning, October 7.
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