As Hurricane Earl draws closer, town officials and meteorologists advise Danvers residents to take proper precautions.
Although state officials expect Cape Cod and the South Shore to see the worst of Earl, North Shore cities and towns can expect strong wind gusts and heavy rain, said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Danvers, along with the rest of the North Shore is expected to experience wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph and one to three inches of rain, according to Buttrick.
"The strongest wind will be coincident with the strongest rain," which forecasts say will hit between 6 p.m. and midnight, Buttrick said.
While Earl isn't expected to cause as much damage on the North Shore as predicted on Cape Cod, Christopher Sanborn, Danvers' Harbormaster, advised residents to take steps to minimize possible destruction.
"We're not expecting a significant amount of damage, and if everyone takes the proper precautions, there should be minimal damage," Sanborn said.
Boat owners should check lines securing their boats, remove valuables, and if owners feel it necessary, put smaller boats on trailers, Sanborn said.
Buttrick advised North Shore residents to secure outdoor possessions such as lawn furniture and bicycles.
"If you can secure anything, now would be the time to do it, today before the sun goes down," Buttrick said.