Providence, R.I. – Emergency management officials in Rhode Island are making preparations ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Earl up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday.
Providence Emergency Management Director Peter Gaynor says officials are waiting for an updated forecast before making any hard decisions. For now, they are fueling vehicles and power generators, and checking staff notification lists and radios. Gaynor says a potential vulnerability in Providence is downtown flooding.
"Whether it be a hurricane or a Noreaster, we're always concerned about tidal surge, high tides combined with wind," Gaynor says. So we really pay attention to those kinds of scenarios."
If the storm moves east, Gaynor says that will mean more rain. A westward path could mean increased wind and a surge on Narragansett Bay.