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Offshore Storm Sends Sea Foam Flying: ‘It Looks Like a Snowstorm’

Hull residents rushed to Nantasket Beach Friday as the stormy conditions sent sea foam flying everywhere, collecting knee deep over the sand

A storm blew up so much sea foam by the shore in Hull, Massachusetts, Friday that it looked like it was snowing. 

The first nor'easter of the season, now subtropical storm Melissa, brought strong winds, high waves and what looked like a snow storm in October.

Hull residents rushed to Nantasket Beach Friday as the stormy conditions sent sea foam flying everywhere, collecting knee deep over the sand.

Jack Clark, who's lived in the area for the past 40 or 50 years, said he's never seen anything like it before.

"It does look like a snowstorm. Just really fluffy, cold white snow," Clark said. "I love it!"

"We just live down the street, but we always come to see stuff like this because it's just so interesting," Ron Hutchins said. "I mean, the sea gods are angry today!"

He added that Friday's storm is unique: "I had to call my wife and say, 'You got to come down here and take a look at this,' only because I've never seen it before!"

Mario Fernandez was afraid to run through it because he didn't know if there were rocks or anything underneath. But knowing it was harmless, he decided to channel his inner child.

"What did it feel like? Cotton candy. It was really soft, almost like it wasn't there. It was really cool!" he said.

Even though it looked like snow, residents luckily didn't have to shovel it. The "white stuff" is hopefully more than a month away.

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