Chatham battens down the hatches

Chatham gets ready for Hurricane Sandy

   The wind was ripping Sunday afternoon as mariners pulled their boats at Ryder's Cove in North Chatham.

Photos by Pat Brooks

The shops along Main Street in Chatham were being boarded up Sunday afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Sandy whose winds are predicted at 60 to 80MPH.

Ryders Cove was full of fishing boats by Sunday afternoon.

One fisherman's truck had an anti National Marine Fishery Service bumper sticker.

Below even the Chatham lighthouse was boarded up by Coast Guardsmen on Sunday as two storm flags warned of the storm to come on Monday afternoon. The US Coast Guard recently re-instituted its Coastal Warning Display program at select Coast Guard stations. After 18 years without the Storm Flag program, officials realized that the seemingly outdated system of hoisting storm signal flags was actually a great way to visually communicate worsening weather conditions to both mariners and civilians who might not be listening to National Weather Service broadcasts. Scroll down for more photos.

Below is a fisherman pulling his boat at Ryder's Cove.

Below is one side of Main Street in Chatham, and...

Below that the other side with the Ben Franklin Store and the Chatham Cinema, and...

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