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Lifeguards warn beachgoers ahead of nor'easter

Beaches could see 40 mph wind gusts, up to 6 inches of rain

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A nor'easter is on its way to Northeast Florida and conditions are already deteriorating Saturday, especially at Jacksonville Beach.

Conditions at the beach are not ideal. Strong wind gusts and choppy waves have already moved in. However, despite the less-than-ideal conditions, people are still at the beach. 

Blake Hall and his girlfriend are visiting from Atlanta. He told News4Jax reporter Destiny McKeiver they're headed back Sunday, but wanted to stop by the beach before hitting the road.

“We decided to just come for a couple hours to just see it,” Hall said. “We had no idea it would be this windy and rainy.”

Saturday’s wind and rain won’t compare to what’s ahead for the area. The Weather Authority expects wind speeds up to 25 mph, with gusts reaching over 40 mph at the beaches. 

A flood watch was also issued Saturday through Monday morning. Areas like the beaches could see 3-6 inches of rain this weekend.

Lifeguards are encouraging people to stay out of the water this weekend, as the worst of the nor’easter is expected Sunday.