While the brunt of Hurricane Franklin is being felt by the southern states at the moment, it's forecasted that states as far north as Maine will feel some of Franklin's fury before the week is through.

High winds and heavy rain were already spreading across most of the state by Wednesday afternoon.

Storm. Waves and sea foam

Those in the know say they will be keeping an eye on Maine's coast through the weekend.

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The folks from the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) took to social media this week to issue a warning, advising beachgoers in Maine to beware of the potential dangers of high surf and dangerous waves and currents over the next few days.

ocean wave during storm in the atlantic ocean

Meteorologists say nearshore wave heights may reach between 3 and 6 feet, which increases the danger for rip currents along the coast through the end of the week. Nearshore waves may be unsafe for folks venturing on rocks near the water to watch the wave activity. Astronomical tides will be at their monthly peak this week which may result in some splashover on beaches during multiple tide cycles.

Rip Current Chart, NOAA
Rip Current Chart, NOAA

If you do end up caught in a rip current, as you can see from this diagram, don't panic. Experts say that instead of trying to fight or swim against the current, swim out of the current and then try to head back to shore. If you can't make it back to shore, float or tread water while waving and trying to get the attention of someone who can help.

Another potential risk people with MEMA are asking folks to keep an eye out for is "sneaker waves."

Ocean Waves
Ocean Waves

"These waves may periodically bring unusually large waves known as “sneaker waves” that pose a danger to people standing or recreating on the shoreline."

So while the sun is set to make a rare appearance to celebrate the end of summer, the water itself may be a little more unsettled. Looks may be deceiving. If you plan to it the beach over Labor Day, just be careful in the water.

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