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As Harvey moves on, Gulf Coast AL looks forward to Labor Day weekend

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Gulf Shores feeling slight impact from Harvey. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News Gulf Shores feeling slight impact from Harvey. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

The lingering effects of Harvey are still being felt along the gulf coast - including Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, where they've seen some rain and rougher than normal waters.

With red flag conditions, most people stayed out of the waters off Gulf Shores beaches. However, the big waves  - courtesy of Harvey -- were a surfer's best friend. 

"I checked the surf report and it said 7 foot waves… I didn't believe it but the waves are 7 foot.  It's rough out there. I'm not used to waves over 6 feet, but I actually rode one wave - so far," said Leif Vanhorn, surfer.

All the way from Kentucky, the Mattingly's aren't letting Harvey's impact put a damper on their vacation. 

"It's been rainy… a lot of indoors. It's nice though. It's not too bad. It's sunny today … why not go out and enjoy the time we're here," said Paul and Christy Mattingly. 

It's their boys' first trip to the beach - and the force behind the open water is something they won't forget. 

They were in awe… I have a picture of them just staring at it… seeing it for the first time in person," said Christy.

It had a lot of people capturing the moment with their cell phones. Like everyone else, Kim and Mark Stockton came down to the beach Wednesday afternoon in between the rain. 
They moved to the coast from Tennessee just before Tropical Storm Cindy. 

"Totally different from what we came from… we love it. We love it down here. I love seeing this," said Kim.

With the worst of Harvey moving on, they along with others and looking forward to Labor Day weekend. 

"We hope it clears up so we can get out here and have a little fun on the beach. We have some family coming in for the weekend from Tennessee - hoping it clears up," said Mark.

Area businesses are also keeping their fingers crossed for good weather - as this is considered the last big money-making weekend of the summer season. 

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