Beaches shut down as Tropical Storm Elsa slams coastal areas

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) – Tropical Storm Elsa slammed Southern New England Friday morning, bringing powerful rain, strong winds and dangerous waters.

The state’s coastal areas felt the brunt of the storm, but that didn’t stop people from going to check it out.

“They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!” Johnny Jolson of Wakefield said. “I sort of take that adage to heart and felt like going for a walk this morning.”

“I debated if I should come to the beach, but then I remembered I love coming to the beach in the storm,” Richard Anderson of Narragansett said. “It’s beautiful in the sun and it’s beautiful in the storm.”

Not everyone was there to watch the choppy waves. A few brave surfers took to the water despite warnings from officials of dangerous rip tides and strong currents.

“Today is the biggest waves possible! It’s like three to four feet every other day down here, but today it’s going to be much bigger. They’re saying like five to six or six to seven feet. I’m just trying to get the biggest waves,” Declin Foster of Massachusetts said. “Catching the wave, I can’t even describe it! Just dropping in on the wave, feeling it take you, it’s a great, great rush.”

The Town of Narragansett closed down its beached Friday for the storm, but staffed lifeguards to protect surfers in case of an emergency.

Michelle Kershaw, Director of Parks and Recreation said they’re ready for anything, including a big clean up when the storm is over.

“We have our most experienced lifeguard staff on duty today obviously to make sure out beach is safe,” Kershaw said. “Most times we see a lot of seaweed, sometimes debris comes onto the beach depending on the level of the surf and the wind.”

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