Coastal New Englanders batten down the hatches as Jose approaches

Narragansett  RI  9/17/17  Big waves caused by Hurricane Jose crash into the jetty wall as a photographer tries to make a picture at Point Judith Lighthouse.  (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
Big waves caused by Hurricane Jose crash into the jetty wall as a photographer tries to make a picture at Point Judith Lighthouse. –Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

Residents along the coast of southern New England are being encouraged to prepare for the arrival high winds, rain, and storm surges with Hurricane Jose moving into the region.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of Rhode Island, parts of southeast Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands. A flash flood watch has also been issued for the Cape. The National Weather Service is cautioning that the primary impacts of Jose — coastal flooding, beach erosion, heavy rainfall, and wind gusts — will be felt most on the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

“No need to panic, but you should definitely make some preparations, especially around your property,” the Bourne Police Department said Monday. “Make sure loose or light items are secured and pets are not left outside.”

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The Coast Guard is advising residents to secure small boats and to remove paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks from the water due to the rip currents and high winds expected. Boaters who are out at sea are also being advised to return to port.

“We understand the sea is a livelihood for many people – but this is one of those few times when we urge everyone, commercial and recreational boaters, to stay off the water,” Captain Richard Schultz, commander of Sector Southeastern New England, said in a statement.

The Coast Guard said stations across southern New England are maintaining “response-ready for near-shore search and rescue” while two cutter crews are preparing for the possibility of offshore responses.

Boat owners in Plymouth heeded the warnings Monday, removing vessels from the water or making sure the remaining ones were secure, NECN reports.

“In the past I’ve left it in until November but with the storms that are coming, the other storms they’re kind of watching, I think it’s best to pull it in now,” Anthony Dimaggio told the station.

The Steamship Authority said Tuesday it expects ferry trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be cancelled potentially through Friday due to the storm.

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The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reports that the Town Pier has been closed, and that the town’s public works department has sandbags available for residents and barricades ready to block off flooded streets.

Southeastern Massachusetts campgrounds have been closed due to the expected storm conditions.

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee said Monday it has no plans for a regional shelter activation, but it is opening a multi-agency coordination center at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“To be safe, citizens should earnestly prepare for the potential of significant wind impacts,” the committee said. “Efforts should now be underway to secure all properties.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is circulating tips for how residents should prepare for the storm, including testing sump pumps and setting refrigerators to the coldest settings.

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