Strong rip currents today at gulf beaches

HARLINGEN — National Weather Service forecasters have issued a rip current warning today for gulf beaches on South Padre Island and Boca Chica State Park.

Near-shore swells between three and five feet driving perpendicular to shore, along with higher than normal tides, will create dangerous rip currents on these beaches.

Those dangerous currents will continue through tonight for the spring break beach crowds.

Forecasters say strong and “life-threatening rip currents” will create dangerous swimming conditions at Boca Chica beach and South Padre Island beaches.

Conditions will be especially dangerous swimming near the jetty.

The weather service said swimming is highly discouraged no matter the swimmer’s ability.

In this file photo beach goers enjoyed the surf and sand at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos ordered the temporary closing of beach access No. 5 and No. 6 because of dangerous rip currents.