GALVESTON, Texas (FOX 26) - The chance for rain is high for Galveston Island, but there are still plenty of indoor activities to enjoy if you can't get time on the beaches.
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Labor Day weekend is one of those important holidays for Galveston Island because it draws the tourists.
“It’s a really big part of Galveston," said Meg Winchester with the Galveston Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "It’s the third largest economic driver for Galveston.”
Even with the threat for rain over the holiday weekend, the message is to visit Galveston.
All 33 miles of the island shoreline will be patrolled, as is always the case. It’s just that this weekend the island may be dealing with some rain and it could be heavy at times.
“Right now the weather, aside from the rain looks pretty good," said Galveston Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis. "The winds are not forecasted to be a very strong. We're a yellow flag today (8/31), we’re just kind of monitoring the conditions. We kind of expect to see that through the weekend unless we get some of the squalls moving through.”
Storms off shore could pose a threat to beach goers on shore so if you are thinking of heading down, Davis recommends not swimming alone, be near a lifeguard and avoid swimming where rip currents may be.
"We’re worried about rip currents and we want people to stay really far away from piers, jetties, any structure that sticks out in the water because those basically attract rip currents," said Davis.
Of course the surf conditions are monitored by the flag warning system. Treat those like a stop light...
Green means conditions are good.
Yellow means be cautious.
Red means stop, it's dangerous to swim.