SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) — All eyes remain firmly out to the east as our Florida neighbors deal with Hurricane Ian. While we will not feel any direct impacts of the storm itself, keep an eye out towards the coast as we will be dealing with high rip current risks and high surf over the next few days.

Graphic by: Bryan Still

The National Weather Service in Brownsville is advising people to be very careful out on the water for the next several days. They say that there is a High Risk of life-threatening rip currents along the lower Texas coast.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible late this afternoon through high tide at 7 PM this evening as well, with narrow beaches potentially becoming impassable until tonight.

Graphic by: Bryan Still

Surf height from now through at least Thursday night will range from 4 to 7 feet. Further off shore there is a Small Craft Advisory that will be in effect from 1pm Wednesday through 7pm Thursday.

If anyone does choose to go out to the beach there are many safety tips that should be remembered if someone in caught in a rip current. Do not fight the rip current, instead swim parallel to the show. If the current cannot be escaped then the safest thing to do is to float to or tread water.

Graphic by: Bryan Still