Southeastern shoreline towns preparing for Henri

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NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – Boat owners sure got cranking on Friday.

The Mago Point boat launch in Waterford was a busy place as a steady stream of owners cranked the winches on their boat trailers to pull out their boats before Henri arrives.

“So actually I saw the Channel 8 weather forecast this morning,” said Waterford boater Mike Bono. “I saw the storm’s moving east and it looks like it’s threatening Connecticut and it’s just better to be safe than sorry to get the boat out of the water.” 

That’s also why the huge tarps which enclosed the tent at Sunset Landing were taken down. The possibility of 70 mile per hour winds Sunday meant a busy Friday morning for S&S Home Maintenance workers. 

“We’ve been here since 7 o’clock this morning taking it apart and picking up chairs and we still have these chairs here that we have to put in the van to get them out of here so… and tie all this stuff down so no projectiles,” said Paul Tuper, S&S Home Maintenance.

If there’s a chance it can fly away it has to be put away. At Oak Grove Beach in Niantic they also have to remove anything that could float away.

“Everything’s got to come in,” said Niantic resident Paul Debartolo. “From the flagpole to the stairs everything.” 

Yes, even the stairs. A lot of force is expected from the water and wind.

“Take the four screws out and cart the stairs away because I’ve not done it before and they’re not here the next day,” said Debartolo.

Come Saturday all of the boats moored off of Oak Grove Beach are expected to be out of the water and all of the boats at the nearby Niantic Bay Yacht Club have to be out of the water. They’re making it mandatory.

Power outages are also a concern. 

“I’m getting gas for my generator for the upcoming storm,” said Jerry Pierce of Waterford.

Pierce filled up his truck and his gas can. He says he’s lost power in the past and has been prepared and he wants to make sure he is prepared again.

“Yes I have,” said Pierce. “It’s not fun.”

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