Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:43

Storm surf's up Featured

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - Hundreds converged on Mount Desert Island Wednesday, taking in the massive waves caused by Tropical Storm Jose.

"Unbelievably beautiful," said Michael Anderson of Texas, describing the coastline.

Hundreds in Acadia Wednesday spent the day checking out the view.

"We heard the surf was gonna be up," said Russell Ruthig of New York.

Large swells caused massive waves.

"Ii guess this will be the best day to see the remnants of Jose," said Emily Anderson of Texas.

Tropical Storm Jose churning in the Atlantic, creating big surf.

"We were sitting right on the edge there and we saw the big ones coming,"said Ruthig. "And I turned on the video on my cell phone, and we got them all. And they came up way over, maybe over our heads."

And every so often, waves sent water spraying onto the supposed safe areas.

Those rogue waves, reminding many of what happened in 2009, when seven people were swept to sea.

With that in mind, the park service set up signs, warning visitors about the dangerous conditions.

The walkway was closed off and for good reason.

"Everyone needs to respect those gates here and make sure they don't go out there and risk their lives," said Jim Glavine, a tour guide with Oli's Trolley.

Still, many tested the limits, with some choosing to ignore the signs altogether.

"It's a very beautiful and compelling place, and everyone wants to get close enough to see and take good pictures and everything but they need to be very careful and respect mother nature's fury here," said Glavine.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!