Preparations underway along the shoreline as Tropical Storm Fay heads north


WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — It was all hands on deck at the Westbrook Marine Center on Friday morning. 

“The most important [thing] is the spring line right here that goes from the cleat to the cleat on the dock to the cleat on the boat [that] prevents the boat from sliding back,” explained Evan Cusson of Westbrook Marine Center.

Between the two marinas they own, they had about 100 boats to secure before Tropical Storm Fay blew ashore. 

“This customer has three fenders along the boat at appropriate height between the boat and the dock to ensure that when the winds do pick up, we’re not going to see any damage from the boat hitting the dock and vice versa,” said Cusson. 

He said most importantly, they make sure there’s nothing in the boats that can blow out and get lost or cause damage to other boats.

“It’s important to do that because if you don’t do it, it can get ugly quick,” said Cusson.

Even during the storm, folks at marinas often keep busy coming out to make sure the lines are still tight, nothing has broken loose and nothing is getting damaged.

The waterside deck and bar at Bill’s Seafood, also in Westbrook, is closed in preparation for the high winds and rain expected with the storm.

“Bungeeing all the umbrellas, putting some extra straps on our tent out front,” said Mark Leopoldino of Bill’s Seafood. “Unfortunately, we’re very limited to outside dining only so doing what we can to protect the deck and make people comfortable and safe in the tent.”

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Most anything than can blow away was brought inside. 

Mark Leopoldino put up the big tent out front to be able to open during the pandemic. They are still outdoor dining only and this storm could dampen what could have been a busy Friday night.

“It’s been a trying time already with this whole experience [COVID-19], so weather days like today make it even more difficult,” said Leopoldino.

Both businesses have weathered many storms, but they don’t usually see a tropical one this early in the season. 

“We were not taken off guard, but we were a little surprised about it already,” said Cusson. “So, hopefully, it’s not a trend for the rest of the summer.”

They are looking forward to sunnier days ahead starting with this weekend.

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