Lifeguards turn folks away as beaches around the Cape were closed today in anticipation of Hurricane Bill
Photos by John Fitts
As reported yesterday, several Cape Cod beaches in Dennis, Chatham and Orleans have been closed in anticipation of Hurricane Bill, expected to "visit" the Cape, late Saturday/early Sunday.
According to veteran eCape sales rep and intrepid photog John Fitts, it was a long wait in a long line of cars to get a peek at one of Orleans' best beaches. All folks, local and visiting, were turned away, but our Mr. Fitts was allowed a quick jaunt to the beach to snap a few photos for our CapeCodToday.com visitors.
John relayed in both comments and pictures (below) the eerie emptiness of a beach and parking lot that should be teeming with happy beach-goers on this humid, near perfect late August day.
But alas, officials decided to err on the side of caution closing beaches and harbors in several Cape towns. Beaches in the towns of Chatham, Dennis and Orleans are closed to swimmers until late Sunday, even Monday in some towns. Although Hurricane Bill will not make landfall on our sandbar, high winds, wave and dangerous rip currents are expected.
Be sure to check this site and the local television weather reports for updates from Cape and State officials.