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CT Marina prepares for impact of Post-Tropical Storm Hermine

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The owners of the Cedar Island Marina urged boaters to take extra precautions ahead of this storm. (WFSB) The owners of the Cedar Island Marina urged boaters to take extra precautions ahead of this storm. (WFSB)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

With Post-Tropical Storm Hermine heading our way, one local marina prepared for these high winds and the potential for flooding on Sunday. 

Jeffrey Shapiro, who has owned Cedar Island Marina for 42 years, urged boaters to take extra precautions ahead of this storm. 

"Hurricane Bill, Hurricane Irene, Sandy...We've done this many times before,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro said they've been through their fair share of severe weather and Tropical Storm Hermine is no different. 

"We plan for the worst and when it doesn't happen, everything is OK,” Shapiro said.  

Shapiro said he has been monitoring the track of this storm closely and recently sent an email out to everyone, who docks their boats at this marina. 

"The main thing is we reminded them how tie their boats,” Kristopher Shapiro, who is Jeffrey’s son, said.

Kristopher Shapiro urged boaters to tie their craft to the main dock and to secure it properly.

Marina staff also reminded folks to put up fenders, which protect the sides of the boat from hitting against the dock.

"Some people have fenders that are too small,” Jeffery Shapiro said. “Fenders are much cheaper than repairing boats."

For Clinton resident Carmine Patrizio, who has lived near the water for years, said he's always prepared for whatever might come his way.

"Everything is kept elevated, everything is tied down,” Patrizio said. “If down thing can float, I make sure it's not in a flood zone."

Patrizio said he is planning to hunker down and seek shelter during the storm.

"And you wait until the weather turns! And that's it,” Patrizio said.

The Shapiro family said they hope it passes us by.

"We're doing what we can and were hoping it goes out to sea,” Jeffery Shapiro said.

The Shapiro family will be walking along their docks to make sure there aren't any loose items or hazards that could damage their property or these boats during the storm.

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