Sebastian Inlet pier to close for large waves from Hurricane Florence

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY —  The North Jetty Pier at the Sebastian Inlet State Park will close beginning Wednesday amid forecasted large waves from Hurricane Florence, officials said.

The hurricane is expected to bring in 6 to 8-foot pounding waves near the coast, weather meteorologists said. A high surf advisory will take effect about 5 p.m. Wednesday and last until 11 p.m. Thursday.

The North Jetty Pier – which is popular for swimming and surfing – will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Florida State Parks website. The pier is expected to reopen at 3 p.m. Thursday after it is inspected and deemed safe.

Hurricane Florence on Wednesday afternoon was traveling northwest at 16 mph in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday had maximum winds of 125 mph.

While the hurricane is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas, there will be no direct impacts of heavy wind or rain to South Florida, said Matt Volkmer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

Residents should be aware of a high possibility of rip currents and rough surf.

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