ST AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla.-- In the coming days, Hurricane Sandy will roar past the East Coast...meaning preparation is underway.
In St. John's County, Beach Services crews are picking up cones and reeling in garbage bins so they won't get swept out to sea.
"We're going to work through most of the afternoon today and tomorrow to make sure these are out of here," Billy Zeits with Beach Services said.
Rip currents, storm surges and wind gusts are expected to be a big factor. So are animal rescues. Two sea turtles have washed onshore since Tuesday.
"These high winds and extremes tides are pushing them back, some of them...back into the beach," Tara Dodson said.
That means volunteers will be out combing through seaweed, looking for trapped turtles and other animals that need to be rescued. Beach Services will work alongside the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office to secure the shorelines and make sure swimmers stay safe.
For now...everyone is being advised to lay low until the storm passes.
"No one is encouraged to enter the water at all from this point forward. St. Johns County beaches will be closed to vehicles. The pedestrians will be allows on the beach, although there's a good chance the beach will be underwater for part of the weekend," Zeits said.