BLOG UPDATE 10/2/15 10:46 PM
On board and waiting for the winds to stop. Thankful that Joaquin looks like it will be heading out to sea and not hitting this area. The current Gale warnings are exciting enough. Clocked a 30 knot gust on the mooring today. Winds have been relentless since yesterday afternoon:
"..STRONG WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS INTO THIS WEEKEND...
ANZ335-031000- /O.CON.KOKX.GL.W.0022.000000T0000Z-151004T2200Z/ LONG ISLAND SOUND WEST OF NEW HAVEN CT/PORT JEFFERSON NY- 339 PM EDT FRI OCT 2 2015 ...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT SUNDAY... * WINDS AND WAVES...NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A GALE WARNING MEANS SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OF 34 TO 47 KT ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS."
BLOG UPDATE 10/1/15 12:14PM
Just got this email from the Town:
"Dear Mooring Holder,
The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding over the next several days, with the possibility of Tropical Storm Joaquin making landfall in the area early next week.
Because of this, we strongly recommend that all boat owners take necessary precautions to secure their vessels or remove them from the harbor in advance of this severe weather."
This is not shaping up to be fun weekend on the waters here on the Isle of Long. Hurricane Joaquin may be making it's way up the coast. But, before it even may even arrive we will have gale conditions on Friday into Saturday and coastal flood warnings are already in effect. Time to prepare and hope BIANKA's luck holds out through another storm.
BLOG UPDATE 10/1/15 :
I went down to the boatyard to see went to the boat yard to see what the scuttlebutt was about the weather and Hurricane Joaquin. Though the persistent northeasterly winds have kept piling up the water in Long Island Sound. So much so that coastal flooding is already occurring. I had to make a detour to reach my destination because of the flooding. This even before Hurricane Joaquin influences the area.