Coastal geologists said a midweek storm won't wipe out Rhode Island's South Coast beaches, but they said it definitely could result in some beach erosion.
A little wind on Wednesday wasn't stopping crews from trying to clean up Misquamicut Beach. Crews have been here since October after Hurricane Sandy eroded the beaches.
They're not worried the upcoming storm will erase all the work they've done.
University of Rhode Island coastal geologist Simon Englehart said there's still a chance for erosion. Especially because the storm could bring 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph.
Englehart said this late in the season, the beaches aren't as strong and some erosion may occur. But he said lower tides and a northeast wind should keep the damage down to a minimum.
Englehart said as for exactly how much of the beach could erode, we'll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature brings.
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