“We’re New Englanders, we can handle it,” said Ms. Dolloff, 40, who remembers waking up to a floating bed in her Lowell, Mass., home when Hurricane Gloria — the last hurricane to make landfall on Long Island — swept through in 1985.
Officials were preparing in case Henri causes as much damage as Gloria or Hurricane Bob, which tore its way up the East Coast in 1991. More than a dozen people died in each storm.
Gloria was a Category 1 storm when it hit Long Island, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate, bringing down thousands of trees and leaving 1.5 million homes without power. Bob made landfall as a Category 2 storm that left millions affected by downed trees, power outages and flooding.
Bill Shore, a longtime resident of Newport, R.I., remembers how terrifying it was to experience Bob. He had driven to New Jersey to secure a boat and then frantically drove back to save his house.
“Limbs were coming down,” he said, “but I made it back without getting clobbered.”
Mr. Shore, however, said he was not too worried about Henri. He has a generator at home and planned to keep his 30-foot sailboat in the water, although he was thinking about renting a chain saw to tidy up after the storm.
In Boston’s Seaport District, which was built upon the mud flats and salt marshes along Boston Harbor in the decades after Hurricane Bob, bars and restaurants like Harpoon, Legal Sea Foods and Yankee Lobster had not made plans to close for Henri. Farther east, in the Cape Cod community of Buzzards Bay, boats were being removed from the marina but little was being done to secure gas grills or deck chairs.
The storm is forecast to move into Maine early Tuesday, but some early precautions were being taken. In York, at the state’s southern tip, the assistant harbormaster Joe Hogan arranged for boats moored near the harbor entrance to move to more protected waters. Two dinghies sank at the town dock, he said, during the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred this past week.
Source: The New York Times