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High winds lead to sandstorm, drowning in Gulf Shores

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Gulf Shores, AL- 

Strong winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee bring sand from the beach inland at Gulf Shores and may be responsible for a teen's drowning.

Winds from Lee whipped onto the beach and pushed piles of sand onto the boardwalk, streets and piers in the city.

Forecasters predicted winds to gust to 45 miles per hour and up to three inches of rain to soak ground that is already saturated.

What's left of Lee has moved away from the Alabama coast and is now setting its sights on the east coast.

When the storm moved out were able to resume the search for a missing 16 year old boy they say was swept away in rough waters.

The US coast guard tells the Mobile Press Register that a helicopter arrived around noon. So far the missing teen has not been spotted.

He was one of three teenagers caught in a rip current off Gulf Shores.

Authorities say high winds delayed the search early Monday because it wasn't safe to fly the rescue helicopter.



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