Be on alert for rip currents, coastal flooding

HARLINGEN — The National Weather Service has issued a rip current alert for South Texas gulf beaches from now through the remainder of the week.

Surf conditions today along the gulf will see waves four to six feet high, along with winds of 15 to 20 mph.

A coastal flood advisory indicates the strong onshore winds and tides may combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

Beach drivers should be on the alert for washed-out portions of sand as the strong winds and high waves combine with high tides.

Visitors enjoy the beach on South Padre Island in this file photo taken March 2012. County officials have two county beaches due to dangerous high tides and rip currents.