Sandy forces closure of Fort Lauderdale Beach

Ocean Rescue warns of rip currents

Published On: Oct 26 2012 11:50:32 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 03:41:16 PM EDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The AIA seawall was no match for Hurricane Sandy as waves crashed onto the road just north of Sunrise Boulevard Friday morning.

"It look pretty bad, look pretty rough," said one resident.

"Didn't really notice. I was on my way to work," Richard Blanchar told Local 10's Ben Kennedy.

But Blanchar was forced to notice when his Mercedes' engine flooded, leaving his car stranded in the roadway.

"I climbed out of the car and locked the window," Blanchar said.

Lifeguards put up double red flags, indicating the beach was closed as rip currents and waves made it hazardous for swimmers.

"You take one step in there, you will be down the beach and swept out to sea," said Ocean Rescue Chief Breck Ballou.

Crews hit the street to put the sand and water back where it belongs, but despite the bad weather, some didn't mind getting wet.

"I'm from Colorado," said one tourist. "It's snowing there. This is better than snow."