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Hurricane Dorian Brings High Tides to Bethany Beach This Weekend

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BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Hurricane Dorian will cause high winds and tides ocean side, but experts predict the impact won't cause much damage.

Coastal Consultant and retired DNREC employee Tony Pratt predicts waves will reach 8 to 12 feet high, breaking up the sand and causing them to shift rapidly. However, the beaches will recover naturally so Pratt cautions people to stay out of the water. 

"I think the advice would be to stay out," said Pratt. "Just stay out of the water. Rip currents occur, long shore currents occur, sweeping people off their feet, waves could knock you down."

Pratt said the only difference beach goers will notice when they return on Saturday and Sunday is that most of the sand will be wet from the high tides, but this is only temporary. 

Sales representative Patti Lewis from Water Lilli, a clothing store on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, said she isn't concerned about the upcoming weather. 

"I think we'll be fine, yeah. I have a good feeling around here about this one," said Lewis. After they replenished the beach last year, they made the dunes a lot higher so I think that helps us out as well."

The impact of Hurricane Dorian will not harm the inland bays at all, experts believe.


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