ACADIA – Acadia National Park officials closed the stairs to Sand Beach and Thunder Hole due to the potential for dangerous conditions.
“When we get hurricanes or a nor’easter coming up the coast we can see high surf. It all depends on how far away the storm is, the directions of the winds and the direction of the storm,” said Deputy Chief Ranger Therese Picard.
Picard is warning visitors to stay safe if you’re watching the strong waves.
“The ocean is very powerful,” she said. “Storms surge waves are also very dangerous and the rock shore of Maine is incredibly unforgiving so please just stay a healthy distance away from the shoreline and watch from a safe distance.”
In a post on the parks Facebook page, a ranger said the high surf could create strong currents and beach erosion. Waves could also splash over at high tide.
Picard said there was a high surf advisory of eight to eleven feet.
Saturday afternoon she said rangers weren’t seeing that high of water levels. However, it depends on the tide. Low tide was around noon on Saturday.
As the tide comes in Picard said park rangers would monitor the area for additional closures.
If they saw a need, she said they would close popular viewing spots such as Ocean Drive and Schoodic Point.
“We have extra staff on today just keeping an eye on the surf and on people,” Picard said. “We’ll just monitor both with law enforcement and other staff members and take action as we need.”
Visitors didn’t let the weather stop them from enjoying the popular destinations.
Many people were seen out and about shopping in Bar Harbor.
Picard said if you are near the water at any point to use caution.
“For anybody coming to watch the water whether it’s here in Acadia or somewhere else just to be very cautious and to give the ocean the respect it deserves,” Picard said.
Park officials said with Dorian moving quickly, they’re likely to reopen the effected areas of the park on Sunday.