Hurricane Michael creates heavy surf at Clearwater Beach

Pinellas County

Heavy surf from the remnants of Hurricane Michael means red flag conditions in the water on Clearwater Beach.

But that didn’t keep swimmers and surfers from getting in the gulf anyway.

Heavy surf and the possibility of rip currents had the red flags flying on Clearwater Beach.

Hurricane Michael is still stirring up trouble at this famous gulf side destination.

While some came to snap a picture to document the historic hurricane’s effects, others chose to test out their skills.

“There’s only so many days you can get break in Tampa. So, gotta capitalize on this,” said Cameron Martiner.

With lifeguards trying to keep track of heads in the water, surfers tried to catch the unusually large waves.

“Oh, it’s rough. Kind of scary. Came back in. So, I don’t want to get stuck out there too long,” said Damon Vespole.

An occasional downpour emptied most of the beach, but most returned to witness effects from the storm.

“The waves aren’t that crazy. It’s just, they keep dragging us right. Where I mean, before we start over there, we’re about up here,” said Will Lund.

Concerns about storm surge are not completely gone. Each high tide brings another round of worry.

When the lifeguards went home, Clearwater police patrolled the shore, trying to make sure everyone who got in the water, got out. 

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