Marina workers and boat owners prepare for impact of Tropical St - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Marina workers and boat owners prepare for impact of Tropical Storm Hermine

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Boats Inc. Marina employees go over storm preparations ahead Hermine. (WFSB) Boats Inc. Marina employees go over storm preparations ahead Hermine. (WFSB)
NIANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

Marina's and boat owners on the Connecticut shoreline were preparing for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Hermine.

With unusually high tide storm surges anticipated, no boaters told Eyewitness News they were taking any chances. Workers at Cross Sound Ferry were monitoring the storm and will alert travelers to any changes depending on wind strength and direction.

"At best we'll secure the yard, secure the dock, engines will go down and loose gear picked up," Boats INC. co-owner Peter Rothman said. 

Eyewitness News found employees at Employees at Boats INC. in Niantic, who were going through their storm check-list. Marina's were double tieing vessels, securing loose chairs, etc. on Friday. 

"It's going to be Sunday, maybe Monday," Rothman said.  

Rothman said he thinks Hermine 's position in the Atlantic will create a storm surge.   

"We're going to get water piling up that's going to get into push in," Rothman said. "Keep pushing in until obviously the storm releases the water is going to continue to develop and the heights going to go up."

The key times are at high tides for Niantic are Saturday at 11:19 a.m., Sunday at 12:04 p.m. and Monday at 12:25 a.m. and 12:49 p.m.  

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