Some ignoring rip current risks from Hermine

By Thursday morning most of the flood waters had drained off the roadways in one part of Holmes Beach.

The water was so deep the day before that a FedEx driver became stuck while other drivers took their safety into their own hands by slowly creeping down the roads.

Holmes Beach Police say there is just a portion of two roads still closed off to traffic. They include 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Police want people to know that it's dangerous to drive through standing water.

They also warned people not to stand in water in the 5100-5200 block of Gulf Drive because of the raw sewage in it. Police say high tide is around 12:30 p.m. and that it will be around 3 feet above normal. 

While police were out surveying the impact of Tropical Storm Hermine today they were also keeping an eye on people at the beach who insisted on getting into the ocean despite the risk of rip currents. The National Weather Service warned of high surf and rip currents in the coastal areas but that still didn't stop several people.

Meanwhile it's sea turtle nesting season and officers could be seen going up and down the beach double checking their wooden barriers to make sure the storm hadn't disturbed them. 


(© 2016 WTSP)


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