PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -
The Plymouth community usually spends July 4 preparing for a parade and a fireworks show, but with Hurricane Arthur approaching New England, focus shifted to securing boats in the harbor.
The harbor master sent out crews to patrol the mooring fields to make sure lines were secure on boats in the area. Boaters were also asked to check their batteries to ensure pumps would be able to work to get water out of the boats in the event of heavy rain.
"Obviously the rain will probably be coming in sideways at that point, heavy torrential downpours. But the wind in the inner harbor here should be fairly calm, so that is what we are hoping for," said Plymouth Harbor Master Chad Hunter.
The seas were calm around midday Friday, and Hunter said he felt it was a well-protected area, so concern was focused more on rains than on winds. Street flooding caused problems for drivers trying to get around.
"It got really bad when we were driving. It was down pouring, driving slow it was bad," said Alison Dunn.
Blocked off street signs and firefighters setting up barriers didn't stop some.
"They flew through it. It's unbelievable. Some people see a puddle and just step on the gas," said Bob Shapiro.
For residents, it's a race for last minute preparations before Hurricane Arthur's arrival.
"I'm going to put in extra lines, start the engine up, make sure the batteries are up in case we have to move out of here. I don't think we have to but you get prepared," said Mario Costa, a mariner.