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Marblehead braces for fringes of Hurricane Earl

Posted by Caitlin Rung  September 3, 2010 10:04 AM

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Kate Aikman of Marblehead packs her familiy's belongings to leave their summer house in Chatham Thursday because of the arrival of Hurricane Earl. The family cut short their vacation because of the storm.

With Hurricane Earl fast approaching the coast of the Bay State, many Marblehead residents took precautions to prepare their homes and boats for the storm.

In a press conference held by phone, Governor Deval Patrick issued a statewide state of emergency on Thursday, while urging the public to stay calm.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Essex County. A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of Cape Cod and Rhode Island. According to meteorologists, Earl is expected to reach a category 2 storm by the time it hits Massachusetts on Friday night or Saturday morning.


The areas of Marblehead causing the most concern are Marblehead Neck, the causeway, and the intersection of Pleasant and School streets, where rain from the storm is expected to hit hardest beginning Friday night.

The National Weather Service is advising high waves and dangerous rip currents may persist into Saturday and slowly ease Saturday.

Harbormaster Charles Dalferro has been offering advice to town boat owners who are concerned about the damage the rocky water could have on their vessels. Those most concerned chose to take their boats out of the water yesterday.

Also preparing for the nasty weather are the National Guard and Red Cross, who anticipate dangerous waves and rip tides on Cape Cod and Nantucket, where Earl is supposed to hit first.

Earl’s strongest winds have been measured at about 140 miles per hour and the storm is currently considered a category 4. Earl is expected to weaken before it reaches Massachusetts.

For information on how to protect yourself, your home, and your boat in a hurricane, visit the United States’ National Hurricane Center’s website.

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