South Coast hunkers down ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa
MATTAPOISETT, M.A. (WLNE) — Boaters along the South Coast are hunkering down as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches New England.
Dozens of boaters at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf were seen pulling their power boats from the water Thursday. Other were adding extra lines and mooring and taking down their sails.
“I spent probably 3 hours getting everything ready,” said local sailor, Cooper Newton. “Stowing lines, pulling sails off, just getting everything ready for the storm.”
A tropical storm warning is in effect for all of Massachusetts.
Smaller wharfs and marinas like Mattapoisett face additional challenges in storms, as they do not have hurricane barriers and often don’t have significant land mass surrounding the harbors.
As a result, high winds can cause big waves, creating a nightmare for boaters.
“We’ve at times had waves breaking over the long wharf here,” said Mattapoisett Harbormaster, Jamie McIntosh. “It can be very stressful for other boaters in the harbor.”
Massachusetts EMA is also urging all residents to have an emergency storm kit ready just in case Tropical Storm Elsa causes power outages.