VILANO BEACH, Fla -- Hurricane Sandy will not be kind to Florida beaches as it edges closer tonight. Winds are already sustained at 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm force wind gusts are expected for immediate coastal areas.
Billy Zeits is with The St. Johns Beaches Service knows Sandy will bring many dangers to area beaches, "We will definitely see a lot of storm surge which will have a good portion of our beaches under water."
Coastal flooding is expected during the high tides tonight and early Saturday. Even though the beaches in St. Johns County will not be closed, vehicles will not be permitted because of the rising waters.
"Beach access will be closed to vehicles on the south beaches but it will remain open to pedestrians it looks like through the weekend. We definitely encourage people to stay out of the water," said Zeits.
Wildlife is also feeling the sting from an offshore hurricane. Juvenile Sea Turtles have been pushed onshore because of the storm's swells, people are urged to not pick them up and try to put them back in the water.
By Saturday afternoon the weather is expected to begin improving, but the impacts from this Hurricane won't be known until early next week.