RIEMA Says Get Boats Out of Water
Boat owners should seriously consider getting their boats out of water as Hurricane Sandy begins its march up the coast.
The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) are closely monitoring the development and movement of Hurricane Sandy.
The exact track and impact of this so-called "Frankenstorm" are still not certain, although some of the latest computer projections indicate it will come ashore around Delaware or New Jersey.
But this "perfect storm" is so large that wind and rain and high tides are expected over most of the East Coast and southern New England up to Maine. In brief, whatever track this storm takes, it will cause dangerous marine conditions over the open ocean and cause a massive amount of damage -- perhaps as much as a billion dollars, according to one estimate.
RIEMA reminds all Rhode Islanders of the following tips to prepare for the arrival of this storm:
- Take boats out of the water.
- Trim overgrown tree branches and shrubbery around your property.
- Clear gutters of leaves and other debris.
- Secure or bring inside any outdoor furniture, toys, or decorations.
- Clear leaves and other debris from storm drains in your neighborhood.
RIEMA is closely monitoring the progress of this storm and will provide updated information as it is available.
For information on hurricane preparedness, visit www.riema.ri.gov/preparedness/hazards/hurricane2009.php.