Hurricane Sandy prompts closure of Pompano Beach fishing pier

Ocean rescue closes Fort Lauderdale Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Strong winds and heavy rains hit Broward County Thursday, forcing Pompano Beach to shut down it's nearly 1,000-foot fishing pier.

"As the wind picks up and these gusts pick up, if you're a little further out, you can be lifted up and carried into the water," said Pompano Beach Public Communications Director Sandy King.

In Fort Lauderdale, lifeguards launched double red flags, closing the beach. Even surfers decided to sit this one out.

"The rip currents are too strong so I had to head back," said Ben Stafford

Ocean rescue as they plans to patrol the beach nonstop as the storm worsens.

"We're keeping everyone out of the water. It's very, very dangerous," said Ocean Rescue Chief Breck Ballou. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

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