Block Island prepares for prospect of hurricane force winds

Providence, R.I. – Forecasters say the state is expected to get tropical storm conditions, with the exception of Block Island which could receive hurricane force winds.

Ferry service to Block Island will be suspended tomorrow because of Hurricane Earl.
Governor Carcieri says about 5,000 people remain on the island.

Bill McCombe, Block Island's emergency management director, says most boat owners have dry docked their vessels or moved them to safer harbors. And overall he's feeling optimistic.

"I think if people use good common sense and good judgment and for those who didn't feel comfortable and want to leave have I think that we should be OK," McCombe says.

There are no plans to open shelters on Block Island. Island officials say a scarcity of trees usually shields them from serious wind damage.