South County buttoning up ahead of weekend snow

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Folks in South County were busy making preparations Friday ahead of the weekend storm.

Things were quiet in Watch Hill, but with blizzard-like conditions in the forecast, people like John Seidel said they weren’t taking any chances.

“We always check right before the storm,” he said. “I’ll come down and make sure everything is buttoned up tight, so we won’t have any issues with weather.”

Seidel is the building manager for a stretch of shops along Watch Hill Cove. He said most of the shops are closed up tightly for the winter, but he still needs to make sure they’re ready to weather the storm.

“Leaks most importantly, shingles that are out of place and things like that,” he added. “You don’t want, when the snow comes in, it’ll drive hard from whatever direction it’s coming in at and so, you don’t want any build-up of snow on the roof.”

While Seidel said the cove serves as protection from any storm surge, high waves are always a concern for the Coast Guard House in Narragansett.

“We watch the forecasts closely,” said co-owner Robert Leonard. “We’ve had a chance since Sandy to re-do the stonework around the building and that’s helped out a great deal.”

According to Leonard, they always have to prepare for storms – especially after the extensive damage Hurricane Sandy caused to the building.

“It always makes us pause,” he said. “We’re so close [to the ocean] we need to be aware of our surroundings.”

And the folks who run the Towers in Narragansett told Eyewitness News Thursday they are not really worried about the upcoming storm – saying the structure can stand up to even the most severe weather conditions.

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