County shuts 3 beach accesses due to ‘hurricane surf’

HARLINGEN — Cameron County officials this morning cut off beach access to pedestrian and vehicle traffic at three locations due to high surf associated with the remnants of Hurricane Franklin.

County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. issued a statement immediately shutting down beach entrances at Beach Access 5, Beach Access 6 and Boca Chica Beach.

“The remaining beach access areas, including Isla Blanca Park and Andy Bowie County Park on South Padre Island, remain open until further notice,” the statement read.

National Weather Service forecasters in Brownsville issued a high surf advisory until 10 p.m. tonight for coastal beaches from Brownsville to Baffin Bay.

Minor coastal flooding is expected with tidal overwash of dunes, particularly with high tide at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

A high risk of rip currents remains in effect through tonight.

Forecasters say surf will build to five to seven feet into the afternoon, with even higher surf near the South Padre Island jetties.

To the north, the South Padre Island National Seashore also closed beach access this morning due to high surf and the threat of beach overwash.

Officials there said due to the hurricane surf and a “super high tide at the seashore today and possibly tomorrow,” beach access has been shut down.

The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi has issued a coastal flood advisory, with forecasters saying wave run-up into the dunes would result in “limited to impossible beach driving conditions.”

The coastal flood advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.