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Jellyfish invade Myrtle Beach coast; beach goers told to stay out of water

Several jellyfish sightings along the Myrtle Beach shoreline has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an advisory for beach goers to stay out of the surf. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., has issued a beach hazards statement in effect until 8 p.m.
Several jellyfish sightings along the Myrtle Beach shoreline has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an advisory for beach goers to stay out of the surf. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., has issued a beach hazards statement in effect until 8 p.m.

Several jellyfish sightings along the Myrtle Beach shoreline has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an advisory for beach goers to stay out of the surf.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., has issued a beach hazards statement in effect until 8 p.m.

Lifeguards in Myrtle Beach are reporting numerous jellyfish near the shore and are advising beach goers to stay out of the water.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reported that one of its lieutenants was stung by a jellyfish in Myrtle Beach Saturday morning.

In a message on the department’s Facebook page Saturday, SCDNR reported, “The extreme heat has brought the jellies up from Florida and they're prowling the waters on the coast.”

The department offered a link to tips on how to treat jellyfish stings.

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip current, longshore currents and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone, according to the National Weather Service. Caution should be used when in or near the water.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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