Along River, Shipping Halts, Boats Out, Bridges Open
Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway will be halted overnight because of Hurricane Sandy
Officials say ships will be dropping anchor because the pilot boats that guide them through parts of the inland waterway are ceasing operations until Tuesday morning.
The pilot boats are much smaller than cargo vessels and are much more susceptible to the wind.
Along the St. Lawrence Monday afternoon, people were working against the deadline of high winds Monday night.
At Bonnie Castle Marina in Alexandria Bay, workers were busy pulling boats out of the water - and the wind was working to their advantage.
"The water's way low today with this north wind we're getting," explained Lonnie McAllister, the harbormaster. "And it's time to move 'em out."
At the Port of Ogdensburg, officials were keeping a close eye on the weather as a ship was loaded.
Both the Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge and the Thousand Islands Bridge remained open, but - again - officials were paying close attention to wind speed.
"We're continuing to monitor that and we'll evaluate how traffic is doing, particularly high profile vehicle like RVs and box trailers," said Robert Horr III, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority executive director.
For all of the commotion Monday as the north country battened down, there was another sense as well - that the wind storm might not be all it's cracked up to be.
"It's just another little storm in the north country," said Karl Mayhew of Ogdensburg. "I could be mistaken, but I'm not too awfully concerned - but I am prepared."
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