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Marblehead braces for Hurricane Irene

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 26, 2011 02:22 PM

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David Atkins and John Chapin stand on Atkins’ 34-foot cabin cruiser in Marblehead Harbor on Friday. Atkins owns two boats and plans to keep them in the harbor during the storm. “I’m going to tie an extra line on the mooring in case one of the lines break,” said Atkins.

Residents of the coast are keeping a watchful eye on the path of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to start pounding the Marblehead area on Sunday. 

Charles J. Dalferro, the Marblehead harbor master, said that it is a little early to start an emergency program, but all gangways to the ocean will be raised starting about 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dalferro said they hang them off of an A frame so when the waves and water start slashing around, they don’t break away. He has already taken two of his small boats out of the water and said that he is going to monitor the storm tomorrow and decide whether or not he is going to take his patrol boat out of the water. 

Dalferro is advising people that if they are not going to take their boat out of the water, that they should at least go out now and add more pennant lines to mooring to hold boats secure or move anything from the boat so it does not blow away.

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