Hurricane Bill closings: Dennis beaches, Sesuit Harbor, Chatham and Island beaches closed; May close ORV trails; Governor releases statement about storm; Tropical Storm Warning for Cape

Tropical Storm Warning
The tropical storm warning included Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast, meaning tropical storm-force winds of 40 mph or more could hit in the next 24 hours. A hurricane watch was canceled... FOX-Boston.

Hurricane Bill Update

Chatham has closed all East facing beaches to swimming effective immediately (notice dated 8/21 at 7 p.m.).  The closing remains in effect until 2 p.m. on Monday the 24th and includes all areas of North Beach Island, North Beach Mainland (Nauset Beach), Lighthouse Beach and South Beach.

Also South Beach on Martha's Vineyard is closed and all Nantucket Beaches are closed.

Hurricane Bill continues to move out to sea. Officials continue to caution about swimming and wading at Cape Cod beaches, especially on the Outer Cape.

Dennis northside beaches to close during Bill's visit

Sesuit Harbor to close too

Northside  (Cape Cod Bay) beaches in Dennis are closed Saturday and Sunday due to expected heavy surf from Hurricane Bill.   The Mayflower Beach Sand Sculpture Contest sponsored by the Dennis Chamber of Commerce is canceled.

Listen to an audio weather warning to mariners from the United States Coast Guard here.
Take our Weather Poll here.

Also, the Harbormaster has issued a notice that Sesuit Harbor will be closed from 5 a.m. on Saturday (8/22) until further notice. All boaters will stay in port, including Bass River. Question regarding the harbor closing may be directed to the Dennis Harbormaster at 508-394-1315.

For further information please call the Dennis Town Hall at 508-760-6162.

For a more detailed list of Dennis town closings and other information, see the Dennis Police Department notice on the Police/Fire Blog here.

As Hurricane Bill passes by the Cape, ORV trails may need to close

The Town of Orleans Parks & Beaches Department has issued an ORV trail update for this weekend.  According to the department, as Hurricane Bill passes east of the Cape late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, the off road vehicle or ORV trails may need to be closed.

At 2 a.m. Sunday morning (8/23), tides will be 11.2'. High tides and high surf are expected to cause erosion and the ocean facing trail and berm will be under water. 

Visit the Orleans website for further updates regarding Hurricane Bill and the potential effect on the trails and beaches.

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