Sept. 2, 2010: Weather experts and officials along the coast are urging boaters to prepare for damaging winds and heavy rainfall from Hurricane Earl, which is expected to pass 100 miles southeast of Nantucket on Friday, bringing heavy seas, high winds and rain to the region. A slight change in its track to the west, however, could make things much worse, and many boaters are playing it safe by hauling or moving their boats or adding extra lines, anchors and chafing gear. (Review storm precautions on Boating Local.)
“We’re telling people to prepare for the worst,” said Connecticut Weather Center meteorologist Bill Jacquemin, as quoted in an article on The Hour.com. “If Earl does make land, I expect it to cross southeast of Massachusetts … It might just clip New England, but it won’t make any contact with Connecticut.”
Steady rain is expected by early Friday morning, with tropical-storm-force winds from the east that could reach speeds in excess of 70 mph expected by mid-afternoon. Earl’s current track has prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a hurricane warning for coastal Massachusetts, from Westport eastward around Cape Cod and including the islands. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Block Island. A tropical storm watch exists for coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Video Weather Report:
WTNH: Gil Simmons’s Hurricane Earl update from 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.