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Workers at Harbor's End Marina on Lake Ontario in Henderson, Jefferson County, hoist a boat out of the water, in preparation for dry winter storage. Photo: Joanna Richards
Workers at Harbor's End Marina on Lake Ontario in Henderson, Jefferson County, hoist a boat out of the water, in preparation for dry winter storage. Photo: Joanna Richards

Jefferson County prepares for high winds, waves, power outages

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As the wind began picking up Monday afternoon in Jefferson County, residents and officials were preparing for the high winds and water along shorelines expected from Hurricane Sandy.

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Mike Miller, general manager at Harbor's End Marina in Henderson, says workers are continually checking ropes securing boats still in the water. They let out slack in the lines to accommodate the expected rising waters, but need to make sure the boats can't hit the sides of their slips, which could damage them. Photo: Joanna Richards

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All around Jefferson County, people were stocking up on water, fuel and food, stowing loose items in their yards, and storing boats for the winter ahead of Hurricane Sandy. 

Mike Miller, general manager at Harbor's End Marina on Lake Ontario in Henderson, Jefferson County, says his workers are getting ready for the storm by ensuring boats are properly secured. Photo: Joanna Richards
Mike Miller, general manager at Harbor's End Marina on Lake Ontario in Henderson, Jefferson County, says his workers are getting ready for the storm by ensuring boats are properly secured. Photo: Joanna Richards
Many marinas along Lake Ontario's shoreline have already closed for the season, but Harbor's End, in Henderson, is still in the process of lifting its 80 boats out of the water for dry winter storage. Mike Miller is general manager.

“The winds are starting to come in pretty strong now, so we're tying up anything that's loose and picking up anything that can fly away, and any boats that are still in the water, we're securing to the docks so they don't bang against the docks and eventually break away, if that happens,” Miller said.

Miller says the boats still in the water require constant monitoring, because their ties have to be slackened if water levels rise. Workers were also moving equipement and boats out of the way of trees Monday afternoon, to prevent damage from falling limbs.

Vince Battista said business at his Sackets Harbor Country Mart, on Dodge Avenue in the village, was up 300 percent from a typical Monday as patrons bought bread, gas and water in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Joanna Richards
Vince Battista said business at his Sackets Harbor Country Mart, on Dodge Avenue in the village, was up 300 percent from a typical Monday as patrons bought bread, gas and water in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Joanna Richards
Storm preparations were good for business at Sackets Harbor Country Mart. Vince Battista owns the gas station and convenience store.

“Out of the ordinary for a Monday when the season is over for us in Sackets Harbor – business is up for us 300 percent, mostly gasoline sales for generators and they're filling up their vehicles,” Battista said. “I've sold out of bread already, and we're getting 250 bags of ice delivered because we've sold out of ice.”

Battista said Sandy was the talk of the town. Conversations in the store had switched from the election to the weather as people stopped in Monday afternoon.

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