Effective immediately, Cameron County will be shutting down most of South Padre Island’s beach accesses because of dangerous wind and water conditions.

Effective immediately, Cameron County will be shutting down most of South Padre Island’s beach accesses because of dangerous wind and water conditions.

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has noted a high risk of rip currents, a high surf advisory, and minor coastal flooding.

The advisory is expected to last until 7 p.m.

“(Those conditions) are going to peak this afternoon, but conditions should improve overnight. We’ll re-analyze (Tropical Storm Cindy), seeing how fast it moves up along the Texas coast to Louisiana,” said Geoffrey Bogorad, a meteorologist with NWS Brownsville.

The advisories could linger into Thursday, especially the rip current risk, Bogorad added.

“That may be a risk even up to Friday. Swimming conditions will still be dangerous,” he said.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr.

We don’t have the driving situations on Isla Blanca and the high tide situation we’re experiencing in the other beach accesses and Boca Chica are not present at Andy Bowie. Right now, the situation doesn’t warrant closing them.”

The following beaches have been closed for today: County Beach Accesses 3-6, and Boca Chica Beach.

Isla Blanca County Park and Andy Bowie County Park will remain open until further notice, said County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr.

“We don’t have the driving situations on Isla Blanca and the high tide situation we’re experiencing in the other beach accesses and Boca Chica are not present at Andy Bowie. Right now, the situation doesn’t warrant closing them,” Treviño said.

The county will continue to err on the side of caution, Treviño said.

Visitors to the beaches should not be fooled by the heat.

“There’s two different effects going on. The tropical storm is producing very high waves due to the strong winds and the circulation of the system, and that’s producing conditions that move along the coast,” Bogorad said. “Our conditions along the shoreline are of a completely different effect.”