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Winds, surf close Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Parts of Clearwater Beach were closed at midday Thursday, and lifeguards were considering closing the rest of it as they watched the weather. Wind gusts were whipping a series of red "no swimming" flags that were posted near Pier 60.

"We have red flags on every lifeguard tower because of the high hazard — heavy surf, strong currents, high winds," said water safety supervisor Patrick Brafford. "Swimming is not advised today. It is not a day to be in the water."

Much of the sand had disappeared beneath the foamy surf. The beach was empty except for a few young men with boogie boards and about a dozen beach visitors leaning into the wind as they staggered along the water's edge.

"It's exhilarating," said Ohio tourist Kevin DeAngelis, "but a little scary."

Winds, surf close Clearwater Beach 06/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 1:29pm]
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