DOUBLE RED FLAGS POSTED

DOUBLE RED FLAGS POSTED

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

Authorities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have posted Double RED Flag Warnings along Alabama's coast in Baldwin County. It is unlawful to enter the Gulf during DOUBLE RED FLAGS. NO ONE should enter Baldwin County coastal waters until conditions have been deemed safe by public safety officials. Officials have now closed all waters to swimming on the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as of 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013. Officials plan to reassess the conditions at 8 o'clock Friday morning.

The Gulf of Mexico is churning itself into life threatening conditions.

"It doesn't look that bad as long as I'm not tumbling." Abby Reed and her brother fought the waves trying to get further out and finally gave up. "The current is like pulling me everywhere. I ended up I went in here and I was all the way down there."

About half a dozen swimmers have been pulled from the waters from Fort Morgan to Gulf Shores. At least one requiring medical attention.

"The red flags are the most dangerous. The medium one you've still got to be careful." Jerry Vines is making sure his daughter knows how dangerous the gulf can be. "I didn't know the first time I come down here. They don't know how dangerous it really is. Come down here on vacation and never go home."

Officials say it is not as bad as expected but as long as the south wind continues the surf will continue to build.

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