Officials: Stay Out of the Water at Gulf Beaches

Rough surf, large waves and the possibility of rip tides caused by Tropical Storm Isaac pose a hazard to swimmers, even if the skies clear up.

Even though skies may be clearing, beachgoers should still stay out of the water for now, Pinellas County officials warned Monday morning.

Rough surf along the beaches, six- to eight-foot waves and the possibility of rip tides pose a hazard until the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac passes, officials said.

Beachgoers are asked to avoid going in the Gulf of Mexico waters while storm conditions persist.

At Clearwater Beach, , meaning there is no swimming allowed and lifeguards were not on duty.

Swiffer Wet Jet August 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Not to mention all that BP oil that mysteriously disappeared and will be stirred up by storm..........
Rene Lopez August 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Whoever edited this article is not very good at, I will share and see how many of my friends pick up the error. lol
Sam August 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Error on the caption of the second picture, it says Tropical Storm Debby, it should read Isaac.
Jason Bartolone August 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Thanks for pointing it out! We've corrected it.
CJ August 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What are they talking about. Rough conditions? No way. I was at the beach today around noon..at St Pete...and it was flat enough to skip rocks on. I thought it was surprising to see it so calm. Is it supposed to get worse later today..because it sure looked inviting to go take a dip in. In fact..the entire day has been beautiful. It's hard to beleive ''anything'' was cancelled today. I'm just sayin'....


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