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BOOTHBAY HARBOR (NEWS CENTER) -- Some boats were scratched and docks damaged Tuesday afternoon when low tide became high within a matter of minutes. The Coast Guard is calling it a storm surge. As the water was flowing out for low tide, a storm off-shore pushed it back in bringing the water level back almost near the high water mark. Locals in the area say it happened about 6 or 7 times throughout the afternoon. They say it surged in within a matter of 5 minutes, then flowed back out just as quickly. A similar surge was also reported in Cundy's Harbor. Officials say they want to remind coastal residents to keep their boats securely tied to their docks when they know a storm is happening off the coast.
Bizarre Wave Event in Boothbay Harbor Puzzles Scientists by Catherine Schmitt On the afternoon of October 28, the water in Boothbay Harbor seemed to disappear, withdrawing toward the ocean, then all at once rushing back toward shore in a muddy swirl of currents and 4-to 12-foot waves. Then it happened again, and again.