October 28, 2012 in Keepers Log, News, Trail Conditions

Hurricane Preparations and Storm Update

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In anticipation of high winds and flooding associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Lighthouse Trail will be closed for a period of time during and after the storm. Also, with expected power outage, the following items will not be available through our website: weather station, webcam, and AIS data.

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall late tomorrow, we are expecting a big storm surge to travel up the Hudson River from the Atlantic. The latest forecast is for 4 to 6 feet of surge on top of a 4-foot tide arriving
late Monday night to Tuesday AM, cresting after midnight between 2:45 and 3:45 AM. If the surge is anywhere near what’s predicted, we can expect water levels along the tidal Hudson to match or exceed what we experienced during Hurricane Irene. Last year, Irene’s storm surge brought water to the front door step of the Lighthouse and within 7-inches of the floor joists on the first floor.

Like last year, we’re planning to watch over the Lighthouse during the storm and will keep the boat handy just in case. Needless to say, we are busy with preparations such as stowing the floating dock, anchoring the supply barge, and tethering the boardwalks. To get ready for power outage, we are stocking up on non-perishable food and batteries. We will feel secure from the storm inside the sturdy structure of the Lighthouse, yet we would rather not have waves knocking at the front door again.

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