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Long-gone Andrea leaves rough seas behind

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    Friday, June 7 2013 10:08 AM EDT2013-06-07 14:08:53 GMT
    Tropical Storm Andrea reminded the Bay Area that hurricane season has started. Several tornados left damage as the fast-moving storm brushed by the coast. Here's a look at the scenes.
    Tropical Storm Andrea reminded the Bay Area that hurricane season has started. Several tornados left damage as the fast-moving storm brushed by the coast. Here's a look at the scenes.
CLEARWATER BEACH (FOX 13) -

Hundreds of people lined Clearwater Beach near Pier 60 Friday afternoon. Among the colorful bathing suits, flapping umbrellas, and white sand, about a dozen or more red flags waved in the breeze.

"The red flags mean only really good water people should be in the water. No small kids," explained J.P Atherholt, a recreation supervisor for the city of Clearwater.

Lifeguards kept a close eye on beach visitors and blew a whistle each time someone got a little too close to a shut-down area of the beach. They made sure swimmers would not fall victim to any of Tropical Storm Andrea's side effects.

For swimmers, that meant possible rip currents and high surf.

"The thing that happens when you have a tropical storm like that, it changes the topography of the beach -- what you can see out here and under the water," explained Atherholt.

Many beach visitors, including Sara Wright, stayed planted on the sand. She did not want to take any chances in the water.

"I'm kind of worried to go out too far in the water because I'm afraid to get pulled under and start flipping," said Wright.

If you do find yourself in a rip current, lifeguards have a few tips that could save your life.

"You do not want to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until you get out of it and then swim toward shore. If you are just gassed out and can't swim, wait for help and do whatever you can to just keep your head above water," continued Atherholt.

Lifeguards expect conditions to get better as the weekend continues.

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