Big waves from Hermine cause yellow flag beach warnings

Kids still enjoyed their Labor Day Fun at Old Orchard Beach despite Hermine's waves.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - An added challenge to an already busy Maine Labor Day Weekend came from post-tropical storm Hermine. 

Several Maine beaches had warnings of big waves and strong riptides but lifeguards prepared, and kids didn't let a storm get them down.

Kids soaking up the last day before school were met with an unwelcome surprise this Labor Day.

“Compared to years past, this is big surf. There's a lot of riptides right now and we'll keep a close eye on those,” said Lifeguard Captain Keith Willett.

Post tropical storm Hermine sent some effects up the Maine Coast, including huge waves and riptides.

Lifeguards had to pay close attention that no one was swept under the strong waves, and issued a yellow flag warning to beachgoers. Willet says the yellow flag means to “use caution when you're in the water...be careful in the water. Take it easy, don't go out too deep.”

Some of the kids did feel those strong currents. “It pulled me and I…touched the ground!” said young Lakeisha Oliver.

Those kids didn't let it stop them from having their Labor Day fun. Oliver said, “You’ve got to learn how to ride the waves!”

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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