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Fort Morgan beach safety crews preparing for storm impact, dangerous surf conditions

(WPMI) Fort Morgan beach safety crews preparing for storm impact, dangerous surf conditions
(WPMI) Fort Morgan beach safety crews preparing for storm impact, dangerous surf conditions

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) -- Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire crews are preparing for the impacts of a potential tropical storm and expecting dangerous surf conditions for the next few days.

A potential tropical storm may be forming in the Gulf, but it was just another summer beach day for folks visiting in Fort Morgan on Wednesday.

Crystal Fountain decided not to cancel her trip from Georgia at the last minute and brought her daughter to Fort Morgan.

"We weren't really sure if it was going to blow over. Figured if anything it would be a lot of rain. So we figured there would be some sun in between all of that," said Fountain, "We don't get to come down to the beach very often so I wanted to take the opportunity while I had it."

Like Fountain, many beach-goers are now just hoping the worst of the weather stays far away.

But Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Rescue crews aren't taking any chances.

Lt. Alicia Gutierrez, with the FMFD, said her crews are preparing their beach rescue vehicles and equipment.

"We are expecting possible sunshine here and bad surf, which is always a bad combination," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said they're expecting those surf conditions to worsen by the day, and rip current signs along Fort Morgan Road may soon be activated.

"We'll rotate out beach patrols. We'll have a few volunteers go for a few hours, and they'll be relieved by another group of volunteers. If the conditions are bad enough, we'll be telling people to stay out of the water," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez hopes beach-goers will take the warnings seriously.

Fountain said she'll likely play it safe with her daughter regardless.

"I'll probably keep her out of the water and keep a close eye on her. I put a life jacket on her today, because I see it's already getting a little choppy," said Fountain.

Beach safety officials said they don't expect much in the way of storm surge, but they'll be watching that closely.