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Sep 5, 2016 6:22 PM

Hermine takes toll on NH beaches during Labor Day holiday


At Hampton beach lifeguards kept swimmers from wading in past their knees. At least that is the official directive.

Through Thursday swimmers will not be allowed to go in past their knees and we are expecting temps in the 90's.

The sun is out, but the beach is pretty quiet this Labor Day holiday.

Red flags warn swimmers of strong rip currents and a vicious undertow. At Rye beach there are no lifeguards on duty and just a couple of brave souls in the water.

"How does it feel in the waves? It's very strong. A lot of rip currents." said surfer, Jack Schneider.

"My son will be surfing tomorrow at five. He lives for this." said Eileen Sahagian of Durham.

"I think they [the waves] could match California- they're pretty outrageous today." said Joanie Walmsley, a tourist from California.

The extraordinary waves brought serious surfers out at other beaches North of Hampton but it wasn't a good day for surf shops.

"I get a lot of calls people want to rent boards buts it's too much of a liability in storm conditions." said Joe Kelley, employee at the Shack Surf Shop.

The Beach Hut isn't having great success with Hermine either. "Some clouds and some wind- that's all we got out of it." said Jim Murphy, owner at the Beach Hut.

Even charter boats stayed in. Charter fisherman Capt. Don was disappointed.

"I don't want to take a chance so I cancelled the fishing trip and came down mid day and I could have gone so I lost out." he said.

But there are plenty of storm watchers. And they're flocking to watch the waves. Laura Nute of Portsmouth said, "I think it's amazing."

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