Block Island Ferry closely watching Hermine’s path

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — With Labor Day weekend in full effect, many Rhode Islanders will be heading to the coastline, but Tropical Storm Hermine is threatening to shorten some travel plans.

According to the Pinpoint Weather Team, the storm is expected to bring rip currents and high surf Sunday and Monday.

The Block Island Ferry service said it’s keeping a close eye on the storm’s track, but at this time has no plans to discontinue service.

If it’s doing what they say it’s going to do there may be some interruption of our ferry service,” said Chris Meyers, vessel operations manager. “We don’t want people to get hurt, we don’t want property damage.”

According to Meyers, the last tropical storm to halt ferry services was Sandy. He said in the past, they’ve added extra ferries to get people back from the island when they think they may need to cancel service – but ultimately, there is a chance people will get stuck over there.

“We try not to strand anybody. We try to give people plenty of notice, but occasionally a weather system will sneak up on you and you think you can operate, and you end up needing to suspend service in the middle or later part of the day,” he said.

You find more information on the Block Island Ferry’s website.

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