FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dangerous rip currents may be in place through the weekend along the Florida Panhandle beaches.
Officials from the state's Department of Emergency Management are warning beachgoers to be careful while swimming or boating.
Deputy State Meteorologist Tiffany Hersey says the high risk of rip currents is due to onshore winds combined with a recent disturbed weather pattern.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports yellow flags, indicating a medium hazard, flew on Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton county beaches on Thursday. The colored beach flags let beachgoers know the water conditions each day.
Three people, including former Auburn University basketball star Korvotney Barber of Manchester, Ga., drowned in the region on Saturday. Dozens more were pulled from the rough surf by rescuers.