Blowout tide impacting local beaches

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SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Hurricane Florence is already making some big changes to the beach on Sullivan’s Island. 

The water is about 100 feet out from where it usually is. That’s something called “blowout tide.”

“We knew the storm was coming. It always goes out when a storm’s coming,” said Bianca Flores.

“Blowout tide” is what happens when winds offshore push water away from the beaches, exposing areas that are usually underwater. This can even in some water ways.

Even as the water is being pushed out, people are still heading to local beaches, even if it’s just to see what’s going on.

“You know, that’s what we were looking at, with the winds blowing everything out. Came across Shem Creek and it’s still full. Once I came across the marsh, you could see where it’s already started pushing the water out,” said Greg Maier. 

If you are heading out to the beach, do not forget that Florence is also causing an increased chance for rip currents.

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