CT Shoreline Preps for Effects of Hurricane Jose

People up and down the shore are taking notice of Jose, especially with the Tropical Storm Watch now in effect.

On the last weekend of summer, it was a calm Sunday at a marina in Branford.

Though some were thinking of what might develop here in a couple days.

“Play it by ear, waiting and seeing. It looks like it’s not going to be too horrible as long as (the wind) stays below 50 or 60 miles an hour,” John Nilsson of Branford, said.

Many are watching the track of Hurricane Jose which is churning in the Atlantic more than 600 miles south of our state.

Later this week it could douse the area with rain and deliver wind gusts over 50 miles per hour in southeastern Connecticut.

At this point, boaters say it’s pretty much too late to pull vessels out of the water to beat the storm.

So now it’s a strategy of possibly tying things down to ride it out.

“Normally we just have to put extra lines. We don’t take them out of the water unless it’s going to be real bad,” Bob O’Donnell of Guilford, said.

Any approaching hurricane rushes back memories of when Irene and Sandy pummeled the area.

But even during those storms, people told us their boats ended up being fine here.

“It was a little nerve-wracking not being able to get down because this was all flooded, the parking was all flooded and there were a couple dumpsters floating around,” Lisa Nilsson of Branford, said.

Nothing like that is expected this time.

Boaters also tell NBC Connecticut the pilings seem to be well-grounded, helping prevent damage to their crafts during rough waters.

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