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Hurricane Florence brings rough surf, big waves to the Treasure Coast

Hurricane Florence brings rough surf, big waves to the Treasure Coast (WPEC)

As Hurricane Florence gets closer to the Carolina's coast, the Treasure Coast is also feeling some effects.

The main impact is rough surf and rip currents. Strong waves forced the Sebastian Inlet State Park Pier to temporarily close and even though it reopened, it's expected to close again.

The fisherman were just happy the pier was actually open during the day Thursday. The pier manager closed the pier Wednesday night and reopened it Thursday morning, but wasn't planning on opening it until 3 p.m.

The pier was closed because the waves were so big, they damaged the pier.

"The grates blow out of here and it takes them a while to reorder them and replace them," fisherman Jimmy Proctor said.

Proctor has lived in Melbourne Beach for more than 20 years and has been fishing on the Sebastian Inlet State Park Pier on and off for about that long.

He said the waves weren't too bad on Thursday and he didn't mind getting a little wet.

The surfers loved rough surf and big waves.

"This is refreshing," Kozmo Edema said.

Edema was driving from Orlando to West Palm Beach when he decided to check out the waves and found some big ones in Sebastian.

"There were some sets that were 7-8 foot, maybe 9," he said.

Edema said these conditions aren't safe for averages swimmers, but ideal for surfers.

"It’s really big and when they’re not, there it’s calm, perfect conditions," he said.

They had red and purple flags flying at the Sebastian Inlet State Park to warn beachgoers about the conditions.

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