Franklin County warns people about strong winds this weekend

Franklin County warning about going in the water when single red flags are flying
Franklin County warning about going in the water when single red flags are flying(WJHG)
Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As storms are sweeping through the Panhandle this weekend.

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith says beachgoers need to err on the side of caution. While beachgoers are not allowed in the water when double red flags are flying, they technically can still get in the water when there are single red flags. But officials are highly recommending people not.

There are no lifeguards in Franklin County and Sheriff A.J. Smith says, you put yourself and others in danger when you decide to get in the water that can be unpredictable.

”I recommend folks not getting in the water, the condition can be terrible. You got undertow, high surf and people can get pulled out and pulled underwater really quickly especially small swimmers and people who are not strong swimmers. You may go in the water and get in trouble and someone may go in to try and save you and they may end up in trouble,” Sheriff Smith.

Sheriff Smith is also letting everyone know to be careful about pelicans flying low due to the high winds. He says a lot of them will be on the bridges and drivers to be aware to not run them over.

”So if you see these birds floundering over the bridge or landing on the bridge so down, don’t run over these birds. They don’t want to be on the bridge the wind has them trapped. So if you see that happening, call the sheriff’s office, we will come out and remove them but slow down and don’t run over them,” Sheriff Smith.

Officials in Franklin County put these warnings out because they want residents and visitors to remain when the weather is uncertain.

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