WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH (WECT) - Hurricane Earl has scared off swimmers, but has sent surfers diving in.
Johnny Mercer Pier had surfers on both sides on Wednesday afternoon.
The storm has kicked up bigger waves, but the wind is creating a choppy surf. Some surfers said they were disappointed by the lack of formation.
Both surfers and swimmers should still watch for life guard flags.
Red flags mean a high risk of danger. Double red flags mean the water is closed.