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Tybee Prepares for Impact of Arthur

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA -

Tropical Storm Arthur continues to make it's way closer to the Coastal Empire and it's timing could not be more inconvenient, as we head into a very popular and busy July 4th weekend.

But American Flags wont be the only ones flying this weekend - red flag warnings, cautioning even experienced swimmers about heading into the water, were already flying on Wednesday.

And even though it won't hit us directly, Tybee Ocean Rescue members say storms like Arthur make for extremely dangerous conditions.

"It does bring in the swells, causes the waves to get up a little bit higher, which also causes volume of the water to come up," says Captain Mike Taylor. "That volume of the water that's coming in has to return to the sea somehow, that's what we call basically a rip current."

Ocean Rescue warns that if you do hit the water this weekend and end up caught in a rip current, don't try to swim against it - it will only tire you out more and put you in more danger.

Instead, swim parallel to the shore in the same direction of the current.  It will eventually let you out of it's grasp and you can make it safely back to shore.

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