VB police warn to stay off 1st Street Jetty

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say they escorted about 20 people, including several children, off the 1st Street Jetty on Thursday night.

The rocks, which are very slippery, are not open to the public. “No trespassing” signs are posted, officers say. 

“They are putting themselves and others at risk,” said Officer Linda Kuehn. “It’s very dangerous.”

A trespassing violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to a year in jail and a fine.

Lifeguards at the Oceanfront are urging people to stay out of the water until Hurricane Florence passes.

Residents told WAVY.com they were prepared for potential power outages, but were more concerned about people in the Carolinas impacted by a direct hit. 

“I’m hoping things don’t get too bad, but we just have to go with the flow,” said Paul Alt, who lives at the Oceanfront. “We are prepared with everything the best we can be.”

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