Florida brac­ing for Florence ef­fects

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

Waves are ex­pected to start bat­ter­ing South Florida’s coast­line as Hurricane Florence’s bru­tal en­ergy reaches across hun­dreds of miles of ocean.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is warn­ing of dan­ger­ous marine con­di­tions from the Trea­sure Coast to the Keys with near-shore swells as high as 7 feet in north­ern Palm Beach County where some beach flags were al­ready fly­ing yel­low Tues­day. The storm dropped from a Cat­e­gory 4 to a Cat­e­gory 3 storm late Wed­nes­day.

In Palm Beach, at least one life­guard stand was lifted onto South Ocean Boule­vard as a pre­cau­tion against los­ing it to Florence-stirred surf. Other tow­ers were pushed as far away as possi-

Da­mon Hig­gins / Daily News

Veteran life­guard Craig Pol­lock ob­serves con­di­tions from a life­guard tower on South Ocean Boule­vard near Chilean Av­enue on Wed­nes­day. Pol­lock said a crane hoisted the 4,200 lb. tower from the beach to the side­walk Tues­day in an­tic­i­pa­tion of rough surf stirred by Hurricane Florence.

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