Some wary of Sandy, others not so much
HAMPTON — Ed Kaminski is taking no chances.
While the full force of Hurricane Sandy was expected to strike south of New England, Kaminski stopped by Rye Harbor State Marina first thing Saturday morning to move his 20-foot boat away from a much larger one sitting on land next to his.
He's worried that Sandy's winds, expected to gust over 60 mph in New Hampshire, could blow the large boat onto his, causing a chain reaction of toppling boats.
“Maybe it won't happen, but it's happened before, and I don't want it to land on mine,” said Kaminski, a Canterbury resident.
Kaminski was among the Granite Staters who took advantage of Saturday's decent weather to prepare for Sandy's wrath, which is expected on Monday with strong winds and heavy rain.
Residents were warned to take precautions because the powerful storm is expected to cause widespread power outages and coastal and inland flooding.
Many people hit the stores to stock up on supplies, but few coastal residents were sounding the alarm.
“We should be OK,” lobster fisherman Doug Kirkland of Hampton said Saturday as he prepared to double up his mooring line for his boat at the Hampton River Marina.
Alina Pak, who lives on the water near the marina, wasn't worried about flooding around her house.
“We don't expect it to overflow. We expect some high water, but not a lot,” she said after she finished mowing her lawn.
Pak remembered the ferocious winds that blew near hurricane force on Hampton Beach in the 2010 windstorm, but wasn't too worried about damaging winds from Hurricane Sandy.
It didn't appear others were worried either, as there was no sign of residents boarding up windows along the coast from Hampton to Rye.
Mark Dube of Manchester spent Saturday installing a new door on his father's waterfront home near the Hampton River Marina.
Dube was planning to replace the door long before he ever heard about Sandy, but with her arrival Monday, he figured he'd finish it up Saturday.
He said he had no plans to board up the windows.
“My father has never boarded up this place,” he said, adding that a condominium complex adds some protection from the winds.
Several boat owners spent Saturday bringing in their vessels in anticipation of Sandy, but for others, the storm wasn't much of a factor. They said they were just bringing them in to winterize, as they always do this time of year.
Some boaters said they thought Sandy would be nothing more than a rainstorm, but 75-year-old Joe Rapoza of Merrimack wasn't in their camp. His boat survived Hurricane Bob in 1991 while more than 50 others floated down river.
“I don't want to see that again,” said Rapoza, who was surprised by the complacency of some boaters regarding the potential for a significant impact from Sandy.
“I think there should be more concern,” he said.
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