UPDATE: Lake Worth pier closes, coastal flood watch in effect for PBC

11:30 a.m. update: According to city officials, the Lake Worth Pier has been closed due to high winds and dangerous surf.

“Conditions will continue to be monitored and upon the high winds and surf subsiding the pier will reopen,” city officials said in a statement.

A mid-day update from the National Weather Service reports little change in hazardous weather. 

The main concerns are beach erosion along beaches and seas building to an expected 10-15 feet off the coast. 

Palm Beach and Broward counties remain vulnerable to flooding, and rip currents are expected to continue through mid-week.

Original story: Palm Beach County residents are being warned to watch for hazardous marine conditions, including flooding and rip currents, the National Weather Service said Saturday afternoon.

A coastal flood watch is in effect from this afternoon through Monday evening, the weather service said. Residents along the shore should watch for beach erosion and damage to dunes.

The rough seas along Florida’s east coast are related to a powerful winter storm that has wreaked havoc on the Northeast. The National Weather Service cautioned in its weekend marine forecast that waves could build to 15 feet off Palm Beach County’s coast.

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Wind gusts could be as high as 18 miles per hour today, with high temperatures in the mid-70s and lows tonight in the high 50s degrees. 

There is an high risk of rip currents through the upcoming week, making waters dangerous for swimmers, forecasters said. Rip currents — powerful channels of water that flow quickly away from shore — will be strongest near structures such as jetties and piers.

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Rip current tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and signs.
  • Swim near a lifeguard.
  • If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current.
  • If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline.
  • If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

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