Storm tracks suggest that hurricane Irene could hit Long Island late Sunday. Residents are emptying basements and moving cars in preparation for a storm surge made worse by high tide.
Oyster Bay, N.Y.
This means residents in shoreside places like Oyster Bay, Bayville, and Bayshore are busy battening down as much as they can before the storm hits – perhaps late Sunday afternoon into Monday if it stays on its current course.
One of those trying to get ready for the storm is Sherlock Holmes (yes, that’s his name), who keeps his boat in Oyster Bay harbor. As he rushes into the Oyster Bay Marine Center (OBMC), he announces he had taken all the sails off his 45-foot sailboat, removed all the canvas-work, and tied down anything that was loose. He is trusting that his mooring will keep the boat safe – without him on board.
“I’ve been on the boat in 60 knots of wind [69 miles per hour], and I don’t want to be on it this time,” he says.