Bill closes Nauset Beach on a prime August day

Lifeguards turn folks away as beaches around the Cape were closed today in anticipation of Hurricane Bill

   Lifeguards man the shore at Nauset Beach on Saturday afternoon as folks are turned away from a very empty Nauset Beach parking lot.

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 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.

   No, it's not November. This was the scene today, Saturday, August 22 at Nauset Beach in Orleans.

   Not much action on the lifeguard stand on this foggy, hazy afternoon in Orleans.

   Folks checked out the surf at Nauset. On a typical day like today, the beach would be full of families and festive beach blankets and umbrellas.

   A film crew from CBTV was at Nauset Beach for an already scheduled interview with an "Orleans dignitary"

   The CBTV truck crew parked near the bandstand and Liam's. No tasty onion rings today. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on