Shoreline towns preparing for effects from Jose

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Some people along the shoreline are getting ready for whatever Jose may bring.

Staff and boat owners at Harbor One Marina in Old Saybrook have been watching Jose’s track. They’ve been getting ready, making sure the boats are all tied down and that everything is put away.

“Everybody’s concerned,” said Jeff Law, Harbor One manager. “We’ve got a great crew here at the marina and the boaters work together and will help each other out.”

Several boaters were out on the water on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the calmer weather. However, some have already taken their boats out of the water as they watch Jose. Many, like Peter Lindner of Essex, have a plan in case a storm hits.

“We just always tie the boat down,” he said. “Whenever a storm comes through we add some extra lines, put in some extra fenders.”

If a hurricane were to hit the marina, Law says they’d evacuate. There are no plans to do that just yet, however. Staff and boat owners know to be careful, since severe storms have impacted the marina in the past.

“[During] Sandy our boat went through and fortunately was fine,” Lindner said. “It was tied down and it floated up really high.”

The marina was hit hard by Sandy five years ago. The high water extended all the way to the houses across the street.

“[The boaters] are all watching it,” said Law. “They all know what happened with Harvey and Irma so everybody’s really on edge.”

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