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Hurricane Ian impacting South Padre Island

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Despite being hundreds of miles away, the impact of Hurricane Ian is being felt along the coast, and beach goers are noticing. 

Boca Chica Beach and other beach access areas due to high tides caused by Hurricane Ian, according to a news release from the Cameron County Judge's Office.

In response to Hurricane Ian, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. ordered the temporary closure of the following beaches and beach accesses. They will remain closed starting Thursday at 2:00 p.m. until further notice:

  • Boca Chica Beach
  • County Beach Access No. 3
  • County Beach Access No. 4
  • County Beach Access No. 5
  • County Beach Access No. 6

Isla Blanca Park and Andy Bowie County Park will remain open until further notice.

The beach closures come from the weather conditions and high tides of hurricane Ian, which made landfall north of Tampa, Florida.

The Colemans, a Valley family who spend several months at Isla Blanca Park, say they’ve never seen the water look the way it did Thursday when Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida.

“I wouldn't put my kids out there very far in this, and we have a lot of grandkids,” Kevin Coleman said.

Cameron County beach patrol Chief Art Hurtado says the water from waves creates deep areas that look like calm.

“It does tend to mislead people into thinking it's a calm area when it's actually one of the riskier areas, being that's the number one cause of drownings in open water,” Hurtado said.

The water is expected to calm down this weekend, but anyone heading to the island needs to be aware of rip currents.  

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