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Approaching Hurricane Sandy Delays Boaters

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“I’m waiting,"  said Charles J. Doane, SAIL’s cruising editor. “That’s all anybody is doing.”

Doane, along with many other boat owners, has been forced to make a delay in his plans because of approaching hurricane Sandy. He is in the process of moving his Tanton 39 cutter Lunacy south from New England, and eventually to Bermuda.

“I figured my boat would be more secure north of Cape Cod,” Doane said. “The earliest anyone leaves now is probably Thursday.”

Doane said the NARC rally, which was set to leave Sunday, October 28, is waiting as well.

Hurricane Sandy is moving north through the Bahamas today, heading toward Florida’s east coast tonight and Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, Sandy is a category one hurricane with winds reaching 80 mph and is maintaining hurricane intensity as it moves northwest at 10 mph.  

The storm is expected to increase in forward speed as it moves north. The National Weather service issued a tropical storm warning for Florida’s east coast and wind advisories for inland counties.  Wind gusts of 45-55 mph have already been reported at 9:30 a.m. today along Florida’s coast.

Sandy is predicted to move northeast from Florida and reach the Carolina’s by Saturday night and then northwest early next week, impacting a large part of the northeastern U.S. For more information on the storm visit nhc.noaa.gov

Read more about Charles Doane’s thoughts on the storm on his blog, WaveTrain, at SAILfeed.com

Photo courtesy of noaa.gov

 

 

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