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Gulf Shores beaches reopen; Panama City beaches closed

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) -

Beaches in Gulf Shores have reopened under yellow-flag conditions after being closed when four men drowned in dangerous rip currents.     

Beach flags in Panama City Beach have been returned to double-red, according to reports from WJHG-TV, effectively closing the waters there in what may be a possible drowning.

Gulf Shores officials on Monday had posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed to the public.

The beaches were re-opened Tuesday under yellow-flag conditions, meaning that moderate surf and/or currents were present, and swimmers should use caution, according to a telephone hotline for information on beach conditions.

The men who drowned were from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.

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