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Sandy's Really a Bitch
I was at my marina yesterday. My boat had been hauled the week before, and I went there to take off the outboard, and do everything else necessary before the shrink wrap is put on for the winter. In my marina, the boats are stored in the parking lot on poppits (what you outside of New England call "stands"). During a normal high tide, the parking lot is dry. However when the moon is getting close to full, the parking lot will start to flood. With the winds we've been having, the lot had flooded to about halfway up. Thinking that they are expecting now that we will have flood tides at least 10 feet greater than normal tonight, it becomes quite possible that the docks will float off their pilings and be forced into the parking lot, and that some boats (especially the smaller boats like mine that are on the lower poppits) will float off their poppits.
Some of my neighbors were trying to tie down the dumpsters to keep them from becoming floating billiard balls, knocking down everything in sight. Others were putting extra poppits under their boats. Not much else that can be done. If the boat is there, its gotta take what Sandy dishes out. They're not expecting too much rain here, but really high winds (gusts over 70), and severe flooding. To put it in perspective: they are expecting the tide surge to be higher than Irene last year, and in some places, to be almost as bad as the Hurricane of 1938. Yikes. We evacuated my parents from their house across the street from the Sound, and we're sitting here 20 miles inland, with batteries, Coleman lanterns and stoves, candles, and lots of canned food.
Good luck to everyone. And remember, as beautiful and important as it may be, its just a boat. Stay safe.