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Door County felt effects from Superstorm Sandy


DOOR COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - The effects of Superstorm Sandy was felt right here in northeastern Wisconsin.

High winds caused lots of problems if you were near the water in Door County.

"If you're looking for a bit of adventure, today is the day,” Hoyt Purinton told FOX 11, after he docked the Washinton Island Ferry at Northport.

Choppy surf rocked the ferry as it pulled in around noon.

"This is one of the days when Mother Nature lets you know she's in charge,” said Purinton.

Sandy hit the waters around the Door Peninsula hard. Only a handful of passengers took the voyage between Washington Island and the mainland by ferry Tuesday.

"In a storm, you don't want to have your boat in Gills Rock so I have my boat out at Washington Island. In fact, I stayed on it last night. It rocked me to sleep,” Jim Robinson told FOX 11. He operates at 33-foot commercial vessel for lighthouse tours during the tourist season.

With up to 10-foot waves crashing on Northport, ferry operators say it's the biggest storm they've seen this season.

"Hurricanes can really wake up a great sea out here on the Great Lakes, and that's what we're seeing here today,” said Robinson.

Door County Emergency Services Director Eric Christiansen said his agency warned boaters against going out on the bay or Lake Michigan when waves were as high as they were.

Emergency management personnel say winds and waves are expected to increase throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. They recommend charging cell phones ahead of time in case power is lost.