Lifeguards in Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach are flying double red flags today which means no swimming allowed. The guard I spoke to in Carolina Beach did say they were allowing people to wade in up to thigh level. And judging from what I saw, most people were heeding their warnings. As for the surfers, they looked happy even though they had to work hard to grab a wave.
Stay tuned for next weekend as they are now predicting waves in the 7'+ range as Earl approaches the Carolina coast.