Western Mass. prepping for arrival of Hurricane Isaias

Western Mass. prepping for arrival of Hurricane Isaias

This time around the western side of the state is preparing for the brunt of a tropical storm. We are usually along the coast talking to people as the board up for the high winds and rain when a tropical storm approaches New England, but this time around it is campers hunkering down.

Longtime camper Herb Bennet was reinforcing his awning on his camper at Sunset View Farm camp area in Monson.

“Don’t want to pull on it too much, it will bust it,” Bennet said.

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The campground owner also told Boston 25 News that they are watching the storm’s progress.

“If something sounds like it is going to be bad and we go around and tell each campsite where they can come if it looks like it is going to be bad,” Carol Carpenter said.

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“I don’t think camping in a tent is a good idea [Tuesday] night given the wind and rain concerns,” MEMA spokesperson Chris Besse said.

State emergency officials are urging people vacationing outdoors in western Massachusetts to keep a close eye on the forecast and have a plan to shelter if need be.

“The sturdier the building the better. If there is not a building, a vehicle is still better than nothing,” Besse advised. “The wind may also bring down power lines, which are obviously dangerous so we are urging people to take shelter during the height of the storm.”

Bennet said his camper has seen some bad storms before and he’s bracing for the worst.

The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] told Boston 25 News it is monitoring the storm. At this time, DCR-managed campgrounds remain open and DCR urges visitors to monitor weather reports and take precautions as needed.

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