|Gulf Shores closes beaches, Orange Beach to close them in the morning|
October 3, 2013, Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Melvin Shepard, beach safety director for Orange Beach, says his crews will fly double red flags starting Friday morning, Oct. 4, as the surf gets rougher because of the approach of Tropical Storm Karen.
The City of Gulf Shores has posted double red flags on all beaches within the corporate limits of Gulf Shores due to expected deteriorating conditions related to the storm.
This includes all beaches from Gulf State Park west to Laguna Key. The presence of double red flags indicates that extremely hazardous conditions are present or are expected and all waters are closed to the public.
As of the 4 p.m. advisory, the National Weather Service forecast calls for 4 – 8 inches of rainfall with 2 – 4 feet of coastal flooding and tides at 3 – 5 feet above normal. Surf conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day Friday and all lifeguard stands have been removed from the beaches.
The forecast track for Tropical Storm Karen remains uncertain, however, officials anticipate tropical storm force winds to enter coastal Alabama as early as Friday evening and sustained tropical storm force winds late Saturday afternoon or early Saturday evening.
Gulf Shores officials continue to actively monitor storm developments and will provide updates as they are available.
For additional tips, information and weather related resources, visit the city's emergency management page.
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