Jacob Merrow, right, an employee of Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, and Marty Moroney, the general manager, secure plywood over the windows and doors Saturday to protect the restaurant from the rain and high winds of Hurricane Irene. The "C'mon Irene" message was left by a guests at a party at the restaurant Friday night. The party was to be a wedding rehearsal dinner, but the wedding was postponed due to the hurricane.
A close-up of messages for Hurricane Irene by customers at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank Saturday.
Joshua Rowe, left, an American Red Cross volunteer, registers Jane Franklin, center, of Niantic, and her husband, Bob, right, at the American Red Cross shelter at East Lyme Middle School in Niantic Saturday. Dianne Newman, an American Red cross volunteer, back left, registers Mary Kleczkowski, sitting in background, of East Lyme, and her daughter, Katherine Kleczkowski, back right. Mary Kleczkowski needs air conditioning and breathing treatments to maintain her health. Local residents are checking in at the shelter in advance of Hurricane Irene.
Ledge Light Health District staff member George Calkins, foreground, and American Red Cross volunteers and officials unload food and supplies at the Red Cross shelter at East Lyme Middle School on Society Road in Niantic Saturday. Local residents are checking in at the shelter in advance of Hurricane Irene.
The Corwin and McCandless families, both of Groton Long Point, walk past a boarded-up house on South Shore Saturday. Groton Long Point is in the mandatory evacuation area. The Corwin and McCandless families were considering staying in their homes throughout the storm.
From left, Carl Manning, Mike Pantages and Frank Constantine, all employees of the Old Saybrook Public Works Department, fill sandbags at the Old Saybrook Public Works garage on Middlesex Turnpike Saturday. The sandbags were available to Old Saybrook residentsfor protection against flooding from Hurricane Irene.
With most of the businesses in the Watch Hill section of Westerly boarded up, people order ice cream at St. Clair Annex Saturday afternoon, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicted to hit the area. Employees of St. Clair said they have been serving food and ice cream all day and planned on remaining open until 6 p.m.
Donna Barnes takes a photo of her husband Jim Barnes and their son, Clayton, 12, in front of messages left for Hurricane Irene by one of the many businesses boarded up in the Watch Hill section of Westerly Saturday.
Tom and Margah Lips of South Glastonbury watch the waves along East Beach in Watch Hill Saturday, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicted to hit the area. The Lips own a home in Watch Hill and said they plan on staying in the home during the storm.
Sondra Whited, 12, left, and her friend, Lauren Schulz, 11, both of Glastonbury, watch the waves along East Beach in Watch Hill Saturday, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicted to hit the area.
A surfer prepares to hit the waves at the point in the Weekapaug area of Westerly Saturday, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicted to hit the area.
As Irene makes her way up the eastern seaboard, many local residents are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.