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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — One Oak Island resident was noticing a difference on the beach this morning.

While fishing Donald Thrift said he noticed the winds have picked up a little and that the surf is rough.

Not many surfers were in the water today, but Thrift said he saw quite a few on the island earlier this weekend.

There were a couple others fishing and the stronger current can lead to more catches.

Even though Irma is not on our coast, Thrift said people need to pay attention during this hurricane season.

“It is a wake up call especially for new people who move down here, I mean you have to watch the weather and just really be prepared,” Thrift said.

Many tourists have left the beaches empty and residents like Thrift are enjoying it for now.

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