ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.
The ocean temperature was perfect for Matt Hortman and his kids Tuesday, but the conditions, he said, were not.
"You can definitely feel the rip current," Hortman said.
As Tropical Storm Arthur nears, Hortman is paying attention to lifeguard's warnings and keeping an even closer eye on his kids, and in the skies above them, county officials are watching too.
"Every day, there's a little bit of beach that washes away and we try to keep track of that," said Press Tompkins, chief engineer for St. Johns County.
Tompkins' team spent Tuesday evening flying over St Johns County beaches, from Vilano to Ponte Vedra, documenting what they look like before the storm.
"We're not anticipating any beach erosion other than what we would normally see due to this storm, but we do monitor it constantly," Tompkins said.
In South Ponte Vedra, nearly a dozen homeowners are also closely watching the storm. A state of emergency was declared there in March following severe erosion that occurred in a matter of days.
Tompkins said the video evidence they collected Tuesday will speed up state approval if anymore emergency repairs are needed after the storm. Until then, they're keeping an eye on all of the county beaches, so folks like Hortman can focus on their kids.
"We'll probably stay away from the beach this weekend. I don't want to lose my little ones, that's for sure," Hortman said.