BAR HARBOR — The last cruise ship visits of the season have been scrubbed and officials in Acadia National Park are warning of possible closures as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move through Downeast Maine early this week.
On Saturday, Bar Harbor officials announced that two ships set to visit on Halloween, the Emerald Princess and the Seven Seas Navigator, had cancelled. On Monday, Harbormaster Charlie Phippen indicated that the Brilliance of the Seas, scheduled to make a port call on Tuesday, had also cancelled.
The Crystal Harmony, which dropped anchor on Saturday, was the last ship to call for the 2012. No visits were scheduled after Wednesday.
Officials in Acadia National Park warn that some areas of the park may be closed as weather conditions warrant. In previous hurricanes, Blackwoods Campground in Otter Creek has been shuttered.
The National Weather Service said over the weekend that storm surge from high winds may cause problems for some low-lying areas including the road at Seawall in Manset.
The weather service is calling for sustained winds out of the east of 35-40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 60 mph possible. The highest wind potential will be late Monday into early Tuesday morning.
As much as three inches of rain may fall before the storm begins to wind down on Wednesday afternoon.
Officials in the seaside town of Blue Hill are all ready for stormy weather from Hurricane Sandy, come what may.
“Nobody knows what the weather is going to do or if it’s going to do it at all,” said Denny Robertson, the town’s harbormaster and fire chief.
Robertson told the Blue Hill Selectmen at their regular weekly meeting Friday that he had “laid out plans with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Coast Guard.”
Robertson has pulled floats out of the harbor and taken in half the floats at the South Blue Hill wharf.
Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club also has taken in its floats.
“The bulk of the yachting-type boats are gone,” Robertson said. “A lot of the lobstermen will move into the harbor.”
Robertson has been preparing for Sandy’s aftereffects with Road Commissioner Bill Cousins.
“We’ll be ready for what comes,” Cousins said.
Over in Stonington, the floats have already been set up in their winter configuration, according to Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris.
“They have gone through some rough seas OK,” she said.
The Stonington road crew is prepared to handle any downed trees Monday night.
At Billings Marine, crews are busy hauling in lobster boats.
With the potential for widespread power outages, Governor Paul LePage has signed a limited Emergency Declaration that will allow power crews from other states and/or Canada to help Maine prepare for the storm. The declaration will help Maine power providers pre-place their crews by extending the hours their crews can drive.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency Offers the Following Storm Tips:
-Stay tuned to updated National Weather Service advisories to make sure you’re aware of potential dangers.
-Before the storm, check on your emergency supplies such as batteries, water, food and medications.
-Check on neighbors, relatives and friends who might need help getting ready for the storm or cleaning up after it.
-Check in with family in areas where the storm might hit harder. Ensure that you know how to contact each other quickly.
-The National Weather Service advises boaters to pay close attention to forecasts and consider removing boats from the water.
-Stay away from any downed power lines and report them to your electric utility.
-If you lose power, use generators and alternate heat sources safely. Generators should only be set up outdoors, at least 15 feet away from doors and windows.