ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The waves off of St. Augustine beach are mild compared to what's expected throughout the weekend.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to pass our shores as the Georgia-Florida weekend begins and bring dangerous conditions along with it.
"Increasing surf activity. The waves are supposed to build through the weekend," said Jeremy Robshaw with St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
The combination of strong swells and gusty winds, makes for dangerous rip currents in the water. "Conditions like this...things can go from you're having a good time and in waste deep water to a large wave comes through and the next thing you know you're in trouble," said Robshaw.
He says especially because the beaches aren't staffed with lifeguards this time of year, the rescue response time is delayed.
And even though fire rescue crews are prepared for the rough conditions ahead, he says there's a simple solution to the problem. "Our advice is simple, be safe. And in these types of conditions stay out of the water."
Waves are expected to get up to about 11-feet this weekend.