Meteorologists, weather enthusiasts, and many New Englanders have been tracking and closely watching Bill all week. He didn't only form into the first hurricane of this season, but he also became the first major hurricane, achieving category four status on Wednesday. Overall, Bill was a well forecasted storm. Eastern New England was in the "cone of uncertainty" for a time during the early and middle part of the week, as some computer models indicated Bill would take a more western track. However, the consensus among many of the models was that Bill would move east of New England, impacting Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes the most. Due to the fact that Bill was such a strong hurricane, he produced large, dangerous seas, which panned out several hundred miles from his center. As he moved north and northeastward, these swells arrived in New England. Seas built as high as 4 to 8 feet on Saturday. On Sunday, 8 to 12 footers rolled ashore. In addition, rip currents were a major concern. Consequently, it was too dangerous for swimmers, and many New England beaches were closed.
I was in Saco, Maine for the weekend, and grabbed some pictures of the waves. In Saco, the beach was open for swimming for much of Sunday morning. Authorities decided it was no longer safe for swimming as high tide approached, and the entire beach was closed. Even though high tide was around 2pm, it appeared as though high tide was before noon, as much of the beach disappeared! In nearby Camp Ellis, a portion of Saco known for flooding during storms, the surf covered shore roads around high tide. Here are some of the pics that I shot on the beach.