“I’m not taking any chances,” said Warren resident Crystal Silveira, who bought 75 pounds of block ice just after 9 a.m. “Last time I didn’t do it and I lost a lot of stuff from the fridge.”
She wasn’t alone. Dozens of residents arrived in a steady flow at the shop, which on Monday sat just yards from flooded Belcher’s Cove. Pushed by high tide around 8 a.m. and increasingly gusty north winds, the cove — and a small section of Market Street and the entrance to Jamiel’s Park — flooded around 9 a.m.
Around town, people were getting ready. Mike Dee, who lives aboard a classic 33-foot wooden sailboat and has two others, a quahog skiff and dinghy, said he’d secured his boats out of the wind and was staying on land for the time being. Others brought their vessels into the Kickemuit River.
Though the Kicky is a popular place to bring boats during storms, it may not be a safe place this evening, as the strongest winds are expected to blow from the south-southeast this evening, straight up the river from Mt. Hope Bay. Coupled with an astronomical high tide around 8 p.m., the upper Kickemuit is expected to flood.