A Hurricane Watch is in effect for our area. Now is the time to prepare for storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain.
Refresh flashlight batteries, keep your cell phone and other devices fully charged, secure outdoor objects, renew prescriptions, and top off your vehicle's gas tank. Ensure you have adequate non-perishable food and water for your family members and pets.
If you own a boat add storm lines and clear the decks of loose objects. If you are considering hauling your boat out of the water, don't wait until the last minute as the Town ramps will become very busy. If you cannot trailer your boat, consider moving to a sheltered area.
A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect. Due to proximity to the ocean, large portions of Chatham are susceptible to coastal flooding and erosion, especially those areas located along the eastern shoreline facing Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as areas along the southern shoreline facing Nantucket Sound. Storm surge caused by high winds can also pose significant threats to interior shorelines. Astronomically high tides of 10-11 feet are expected Sunday and Monday coinciding with the storm's arrival.
In the event of flooding in your area, please observe the following safety tips:
DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER: Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; as little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you must cross through standing water, look before you step and use a pole or stick to ensure the ground is solid.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS: More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
STAY AWAY FROM POWER LINES AND ELECTRICAL WIRES: The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Report downed power lines to the power company or local emergency management agency.
HAVE YOUR ELECTRICITY TURNED OFF BY THE POWER COMPANY: Some appliances keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged.
BE ALERT FOR GAS LEAKS: use a flashlight to inspect for damage, do not smoke or use candles or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area is ventilated.
Monitor local weather reports throughout the weekend and check in with the National Hurricane Center for the latest track information.