The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) advises Rhode Islanders to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Jose. Rhode Island coastal communities are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. Jose slowly continues to track closer to New England with the effects of the storm scheduled to impact Rhode Island Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.
RIEMA cautions that citizens avoid activities on the water, especially along the south coast as the storm approaches Rhode Island waters. As of Labor Day Rhode Island State beaches are no longer staffed and are not supported by lifeguards. High seas and rough water pose a significant threat to swimmers, boaters, and onlookers that are standing on rocks and jetties. The presence of high wind, elevated surf, heavy rains, and rip tides will be observed in coastal waters. Beach erosion is expected to more severe than normal, with minor to moderate coastal flooding possible. There is a chance that Southern New England may experience significant winds which may cause scattered power outages and tree damage.
“Even though Jose is not forecasted to make landfall in Rhode Island, we will still feel the effects of the storm,” said RIEMA Director Peter Gaynor. “I urge Rhode Islanders to proactively take steps to ensure that their family and property are protected against the possibility of high winds in the area. Ensure that loose yard equipment is secured, check boat moorings, and safeguard against loose tree branches hanging over your property.”
For information on how you can better prepare for the hurricane season, visit: www.riema.ri.gov.