August 14th Red Flag Warning Posted, Dangerous Undertow, Possible Riptides, and No Swimming
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Again today we have some lake wind. After some rescues and deaths, due to high winds and choppy lake conditions, the Duluth Fire Department issued a Red Flag warning for swimming. Flag locations are listed within. This warning is effective immediately for today August 14th.
Lake Superior has a nasty undertow already because of a dropoff out from the Park Point Beach, but now you add in the winds and choppy lake, it makes for very dangerous condiitons.
According to the press release by the city of Duluth Fire Department, it says:
Due to the High Risk of Rip Currents today, the Duluth Fire Department is issuing a warning for dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches effective immediately and continuing until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. Stay out of the water regardless of your swimming experience. There are currently no lifeguards at Park Point, and red flags are flying along the beach to indicate the dangerous swimming condition. Flag locations are: 12th St beach, Lafayette Square, and Park Point beach. You will be notified if swimming conditions improve before this warning expires. More information on conditions and rip currents can be found by visiting the Park Point Beach website at www.parkpointbeach.org.