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CT shoreline residents prepare for impacts of Hurricane Hermine

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Shoreline residents are getting ready for impact Hurricane Hermine brings. (WFSB) Shoreline residents are getting ready for impact Hurricane Hermine brings. (WFSB)
EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

With Hermine getting set to hit the south and work its way up the east coast, plenty along the Connecticut shoreline are waiting to see if the Labor Day weekend is going to be a wash out.

People who live in East Haven’s Cosey Beach neighborhood remember what happened during hurricanes Sandy and Irene, four and five years ago.

At the Silver Sands Beach and Tennis Club, they had some flooding during Sandy, and plenty of damage during Irene, including having to rebuild the restaurant.

In fact, some are still recovering from those storms and many are planning for this weekend, just in case.

As Mary Hanrahan and her family walked down Cosey Beach Avenue on Thursday, there were still a number of homes along the East Haven waterfront that are being rebuilt and raised.

"It reminds me of my days in Florida and the hurricanes so it makes me want to get ready,” Hanrahan said.

Hanrahan moved to the area last year, but said her neighbors filled her in about Sandy and Irene, but it’s also something she experienced too while living in New York.

While not along the water, she said she was without power for two-and-a-half weeks, following Sandy.

"I would start stocking up on water, canned goods, make sure the windows are tight and start thinking about the possibility of flooding,” Hanrahan said.

Over at the Silver Sands Beach and Tennis Club, flooding is something State Senator Len Fasano, who owns the waterfront club, knows all about.

They had to clean up and rebuild following Irene.

That’s why they were already making plans on Thursday, just in case Hermine hits Connecticut with some wind and rain.

"If it comes at high tide, with strong winds, it's problematic,” Fasano said.

They're hoping it stays away. After all, Labor Day is their final weekend before closing up for the season.

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