ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- It was definitely not a beach day Wednesday.
The tide was so high around noon that St. Johns County closed the beaches in the southern part of the county to vehicular traffic.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen have twisted and turned, creating a nor'easter for the First Coast. Slap that nor'easter up against an impending new moon, and it creates one really, really high tide.
Billy Zeits is the director of St. Johns County beaches. "So that didn't leave a whole lot of beach for vehicles. But the beach is still open for pedestrians," he said.
Wednesday's high tide washed right up on some of the beach access roads like the one at Mary Street near Crescent Beach. Water was halfway up the post which held the speed limit sign on the beach.
"We have maybe 3-5 closures a year to vehicles. We try to make them as short as possible," Zeits explained. "We anticipate we'll be back open by midday Friday."
Bonnie King braved the wind at St. Augustine Beach to walk her little dog Trixie.
"It's not just a rainy day. It looks a lot like a real storm," she noted.
All that wave action from the nor'easter whipped the St. Augustine Beach pier, and it seemingly ate away at the re-nourished sand which was just placed onto the beach last year.
"I guess it'll be okay, but it sure looks like it's wiping a lot of it away," King observed.
Zeits said, "Storms like this are definitely going to move some sand around. Where the sand ends up ... we won't know until after the storm. Hopefully it ends up offshore, making some sandbars and makes the wave break there which prevent them from stealing more sand."
So there was no room for cars on the beach Wednesday, sunbathers were replaced by surfers, but people like King still appreciated all the power of a gray, windy day.
"We hoped to see a little bit of blue sky but that didn't happen," she smiled, "but it's still a good day!"