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Halloween storm paints a picture at Drift Inn Beach

By Emma Testerman | Nov 01, 2019
Photo by: Emma Testerman Ocean surf crawls closer and closer towards rental properties on Marshall Point Road.

Port Clyde — The ocean surf packed a wild punch against the rocks at the Drift Inn Beach and the bridge between Tenant's Harbor and St George Oct. 31.

Drivers and pedestrians on the main road, when passing the beach, could see the waves crashing into the rocks and splashing out into the road, causing a higher risk of hydroplaning for driver's cruising over the speed limit during the storm.

Cars and trucks on the main route between the two towns of Port Clyde and St George slowed significantly due to the fog rolling in and the pouring rain.

Though risks of flooding rose later in the day, the foggy weather created some beautiful landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts who were holed up at home.

The smell of petrichor against ocean brine filled the air with blustery wind near the shoreline, and the cold rain made the autumn foliage grow brighter in color, including the grass in local neighborhoods. The waves at the Marshall Point Lighthouse started to froth closer toward the foot of the lighthouse and to spill out onto the roads that dip closer to the sandy shores.

Since Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor house many local galleries for artists of all kinds, especially painters, landscapes such as this seemed ideal for artistry projects on a canvas. However, caution was advised when nearing close to the rocks of the coastline due to slipping hazards in the weather.

Weather reports indicate that strong winds will pick up in and out of the coming week. If runners, dog-walkers, leaf peepers or artists choose to go outside during this weather, advisories for flooding on the bridge and at the beach should be considered.

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