Gulf Waters Closed as TS Karen Approaches

Gulf Waters Closed as TS Karen Approaches

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In the darkness any storm seems a little more frightening. "It's extreme. I wouldn't want to swim in it."

We fear what we can't see. So Tasha and Kerry Meitzler wanted to get closer to the surf, than the average sightseer, to see for themselves if there was really anything to be scared of. "I'm not really concerned about this one right now," says Kerry. "We'll just wait and see what happens."

"I talked to my 4 year old and she seemed a little bit scared," says Tasha. "I told her it was a small one. It wasn't anything to worry about or we probably wouldn't hang around."

That small storm is enough make Gulf Shores close their water according to head lifeguard Scott Smothers. "We are starting to experience tropical storm conditions, high surf and strong currents. So we decided a proclamation was needed to go ahead and close the waters in Gulf Shores."

Red flags are up in Orange Beach as surf conditions continue to get worse. "Rip current forecast is going to high tomorrow according to the National Weather Service with surf conditions 4 to 6 feet tomorrow." That's when they will close their waters.

Getting in the water is not an option for most folks. They just want to take a look. "It just reminds you of how nature is, you have no control," says Tasha.

So they'll wait and see what Tropical Storm Karen does next. "It's awesome, awesome."

Most likely a busy day ahead for lifeguards patrolling and monitoring conditions and making sure everyone stays safe by staying out of the water.

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