Wind, waves draw onlookers to causeway - KMSP-TV

Wind, waves draw onlookers to causeway

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Waves weren't enough to close the Courtney Campbell Causeway or keep people away Thursday.

As noon approached, meteorologists warned people to stay indoors, away from Tropical Storm Andrea.

But on the causeway, as the tide rose and spilled into a beach access parking lot, many motorists, like Mark Lewis, pulled over to get a closer look.

"It is a little bit exciting. I'm not worried about the water coming up closer. As long as I have my truck and it is high off the ground I am not worried about flooding," he said.

He was not the only one.

"I think it is beautiful," offered Phillip Battle.

Battle was visiting the area from Texas for his daughter's graduation. He said he wanted to go to the beach and a tropical storm was not going to stop him.

"If it comes up too high, I'll leave," Battle pledged.

As high tide hit the area, waves rolled further inland and brought more people to the beach.

"I like weather like this. It is intriguing," said Pinellas County resident Brandon Pridgen.

Pridgen, along with his friend Michael Thompson, were not impressed with Mother Nature's fury.

"This is simple. This is pretty small compared to most of what we get here," observed Thompson.

The two were fine just taking pictures until a wave came a little too close for comfort.

"That came up quick. Just look at it," said Pridgen.

A few moments later, the pair left to find a safer spot.

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