DEM urges Rhode Islanders to stay safe as Hurricane Teddy passes offshore

The following message was shared to The Block Island Times from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on Monday, Sept. 21:
With Hurricane Teddy expected to pass New England offshore tomorrow, [Tuesday, Sept. 22], the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is warning Rhode Islanders of the dangerous conditions it will bring to shorelines: winds out of the north at 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 40 knots, seas of five to eight feet in Rhode Island Sound, Buzzards Bay, and coastal waters, and large breaking waves of seven to 10 feet in the surf zone.
Individual waves, however, may be more than twice the average wave height. DEM urges Rhode Islanders to stay safe by remaining far away from areas where waves might splash over. Waves possess enormous force and can easily sweep a person into the water from what seems to be a safe viewing area.
“By far, the toughest part of a police officer’s job is calling the family members of someone who has just died unexpectedly and breaking the news to them about their loved one. Nothing prepares you for the emotion of that call,” said DEM Division of Law

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