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The surf is up just east of UCF in Brevard County as winds from Tropical Storm Cristobal make serious waves.

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The surf is up just east of UCF in Brevard County as winds from Tropical Storm Cristobal make serious waves.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Cristobal is currently dropping heavy rain over the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds up to 60 mph. Predictions show the storm moving erratically north-northeast, most likely missing the state of Florida. Forecasts show the storm being well north and isolated in the Atlantic Ocean by Saturday morning.

In the meantime, winds are causing choppy sea conditions at area beaches, including those closest to UCF. Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach and other area beaches are experiencing increased threats of rip currents and small-craft advisories. The National Weather Service in Melbourne recommends that beachgoers stay out of the water today. Winds on the coast range from 14 mph to 29 mph.

Despite warnings, some surfers are taking advantage of the tides. Swells are expected to be about 8 feet and waves are at 2 feet in Cocoa Beach, according to SurfGuru.com, a site that reports on local surf conditions.

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