Massachusetts town prepares for impact of Hermine

Areas from long island to Martha’s Vineyard are under tropical storm warnings

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(CNN/WCVB) – The remnants of Hermine are now lashing the northeastern coast with heavy winds and strong waves, and many people are still working to cushion its impact.

Labor Day and a lot of moored boats, now under the watchful eye of people like Mel Hamel at stage harbor in Chatham.

Hamel said, “I’ll probably take a spin around about every couple of hours making sure the lines aren’t chaffing through. It’s pretty tame right now, but once those winds come up, some of those primary lines will begin to chafe through and then I’ll have to go throw another one on.”

Already signs of trouble. “That jib has opened up a little already. That’s going to need to be addressed,” said Hamel said,

(And that’s your job?) Hamel said, “That’s my job. You can see for instance we’ve lashed this one up pretty big. These bradies tend to swing, a lot of windage up there. I don’t want to be chasing that around the harbor.”


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Along the normally busy fish pier, most of the fishing boats are now tucked away up the coast in Ryder’s Cove, riding things out.

Joe Amara, Chatham fish pier manager, said, “So it looks like for the next four five days they’re going to be out of the water, so to speak. It’ll take a while for the seas to calm down.”

Hamel said, “We just hope that everything holds. Again, I’m thrilled that this forecast we got yesterday of 50-60 mile per hour gusts probably won’t be happening, but 30-40’s still a lot of wind.”

Areas from long island to Martha’s Vineyard are under tropical storm warnings because of Hermine.

Forecasters say the storm will zig-zag off New England through Tuesday, before it starts losing some of its strength.

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