Surfers take advantage of Gonzalo's swells at Folly Beach

VIDEO: Gonzalo creates higher risk of rip currents at the beach
Surfers flocked to Folly Beach for higher-than-normal swells. (Photo Source: Jason Tighe/Live 5 News)
Surfers flocked to Folly Beach for higher-than-normal swells. (Photo Source: Jason Tighe/Live 5 News)

Hurricane Gonzalo may be more than 850 miles away from Charleston, but surfing enthusiasts are still feeling the effects.

Higher-than-normal swells were enough to attract surfers to Folly Beach despite an increased risk for rip currents.

The Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 115 mph, is approximately 850 miles due east of the Holy City at 31.7 degrees north and 65.3 degrees west, and moving north northeast at about 16 mph.

According to Meteorologist Brad Miller, the increased rip current risk will remain moderate into Saturday along with high surf, and conditions will return to normal by Sunday as the storm continues its move toward the north Atlantic.

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