Cameron County re-opens beach accesses

HARLINGEN — Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. on Monday ordered the re-opening of three gulf beach access sites closed for five days due to dangerous surf and high tides.

County Beach Accesses 5 and 6, along with Boca Chica Beach, are now available to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The popular beach access sites were closed Wednesday due to dangerous surf conditions. Seas in the gulf were 5 to 8 feet and, combined with high tides, were overwashing the beaches.

Surf on the gulf beaches was two to four feet yesterday, National Weather Service forecasters in Brownsville said.

Despite the beaches re-opening, forecasters caution a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in effect through Wednesday.

Thunderstorms pushed along by a cold front today will likely produce areas of heavy rainfall with possible localized flooding of streets and low-lying areas.

Highs today will be between 83 degrees and 89 degrees in the Valley, and drop to 80 to 82 degrees on Wednesday. There is a 60 percent chance of rain today and a 20-percent chance of rain each day through Friday.