Siesta Key Beach submerged in jellyfish

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SIESTA KEY – Hurricane Nate might be several hundred miles away from the Suncoast, but residents began noticing a a few of the storm’s effects Saturday morning.

Beachgoers were in for a surprise Saturday. Along with strong waves crashing into the shoreline, they saw jellyfish. A mix of high tide, strong winds and the force of Hurricane Nate coming in from the Gulf pushed an unusual amount of jellyfish onto Suncoast beaches.

Lifeguards warned swimmers to stay careful to avoid being stung. Strong winds also caused large waves and rip currents.

Sarasota resident, Jenni Lyn Kelsey, goes to the beach once or twice a week. She was very surprised to see the waves and jellyfish.

“I almost didn’t want to bring my family down because the jellyfish and rip current is so bad. We have a one-and-a-half-year-old too so we were worried about her too. I’ve never seen the waves so big.”

Kelsey says lifeguards had vinegar on hand to treat any jellyfish stings.

Stay safe if you plan on taking a trip to the beach this weekend.

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Jennifer joined SNN in July of 2017. Born and raised in Mount Olive, New Jersey, she found her love for media as a lead anchor for her high school’s morning television program. She graduated from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana and extended her studies at the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts. In college she interned for FOX 13 and City of Tampa Television. Her future plans are to utilize her film-making skills to provide a unique rendition of storytelling. Her love for the sunshine, beach and local area made it an easy decision to stay in SWFL after graduation. In her free time, Jennifer can be found at the gym or exploring vegan restaurants. She loves to travel and expose herself to new environments. She is excited to embrace a brand new city while making introductions with the local community. She owes her successes to her supportive family, friends, and mentors.