GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Nasty wind conditions lead to dangerous rip currents along the Gulf Coast Wednesday, where thousands of Spring Break vacationers were out looking for some sun and surf.
What they got instead, was near 20 mph wind gusts and chilly conditions that had safety officials posting red flag warnings along the Baldwin beaches.
Despite the dangerous rip currents and three-foot waves, Gulf Shores Beach Safety Officer Melvin Shepard said no water rescues were made during the day.
"It's nice having these people on the beach instead of going out into the Gulf because the last thing we want to do is build to the point we have to put double red flags up and close the water."
Red flags mean only experienced swimmers should take the chance swimming in the rough waters. A double red flag, like what was posted in Pensacola Tuesday, means the city's Gulf Coast waters were closed to swimmers.
"It kind of killed the vibe a little bit because the last couple days the weather has been great," one Spring Break visitor to Gulf Shores said. "But now it's freezing cold honestly."
Beach rescue crews, lifeguards, and other emergency personnel combed the Gulf Shores beach constantly Tuesday, monitoring people who were teetering along the water and informing people of ordinances and danger's associated with the beach.
"There is a lot of force in these waves so people do need to be aware of that, and just respect the water." Shepard said.
Another red flag day is expected Thursday before conditions improve over the weekend.
"We're still out here playing a little volleyball and football and throwing it around and just enjoying the water," another Spring Break visitor said. "Everybody still looks like they're having a whole bunch of fun."