Hurricane Henri Storm Surge Is Flooding Beaches
Henri now a category one hurricane is off our coast pushing storm surge.
All day the drive on drinking beaches were packed and it was a typical beach day. Just some heavier, but calmer than expected wave action with the afternoon low tide.
This morning the tide was up higher than normal, but nothing like it is now. The beaches are all flooded to the dune bases. High tide is at 9 PM This will continue into tomorrow morning when the tide is high again at 9:15 AM at the Indian River Inlet. Then the waves will calm down but we will see higher than normal low tide action. From storm surge and full moon tides.
Tomorrow watch for swales that are still full or wet when you drive out tomorrow. Parks might evaluate a few beaches before allowing anyone to drive on. I seriously doubt anyone is crazy enough to try tonight, but it is Saturday, in August.
Never drive through a swale.
Park above the last wrack line or you wind up like this guy. Do Not park close to the water at low tide. Water will fill swales fast. All of a sudden you are trapped on the “hump” between the swale and the ocean. Then the water really starts coming in, or if you are in the swale it is even worse.