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Sep 5, 2016 10:41 AM

Rough surf and strong riptides for NH on Labor Day

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials are warning of rough surf and strong riptides for tourists enjoying Labor Day along the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

Eric Schwibs from the National Weather Service said the ocean became rougher overnight, with waves doubling in height between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday.

He said seas were running around 7 feet near Portland, Maine, but he said that's deceiving because the waves were packing more energy than usual. He said the strong surf and riptides posed a hazard for swimmers and those who get to close to shore.

The rough seas were caused by Hermine (her-MEEN'), which hit Florida on Friday as a Category I but weakened as traveled up the coast.

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