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‘Wave-watchers’ flock to Newport to see Dorian-fueled swells

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — People flocked to Newport Saturday morning to watch the waves fueled by Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian zipped by the Northeast Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm. While it stayed significantly southeast of Southern New England, it still stirred up some big waves.

“I’m a native Rhode Islander and every year since I was little we’d come out and watch the waves,” one Warwick woman said. “The waves were coming up over the sea wall around 4 o’clock this morning. It was a little scary, my car was getting shook like side to side.”

“I love it! This is the best time to be in Newport,” Janet Vignone of Newport said.

Officials in coastal towns and cities warned all wave watchers to stay off the rocks and jetties, but fisherman Chuck Perry of Portsmouth said he wasn’t concerned.

“I’ve fished these rocks for about 50 years, so I kind of know what’s going on out there,” Perry said. “Fish like this type of water. Bait gets mixed into it, and you just cast into the white water.”

Onlookers taking in the beauty did not taking for granted the region’s luck in dodging the brunt of Dorian.

“We’re fortunate that we didn’t take a direct hit from the hurricane,” Vignone said. “We’re fortunate now that it’s so far out to sea that we can just enjoy it as it is right now.”

A high surf advisory remained in effect all day Saturday.

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