No school – or after-school events – Tuesday

Superintendent Michael Devine issued the following post on the Hull Emergency Management page on Facebook:

Good afternoon. Due to the intense storm forecast to affect the entire region, Hull Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday March 13th. This also means that there will be no Kidscare or after-school activities tomorrow.

I sincerely hope that this is the last one of these calls that I have to make to you this year. I am also hopeful that our students will take advantage of the snow day tomorrow to read and study. Also – if you are old enough and have the opportunity – tomorrow would be a great day to show a random act of kindness by shoveling out a neighbor who may be unable to do so themselves. Just an idea.

Have a good night and a safe day tomorrow.

Coast Guard readies for Jose, cautions mariners

Coast Guard units across the Northeast are accelerating preparations Monday ahead of forecasted tropical storm conditions expected to arrive in our area late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Forecasted marine and coastal effects, including 34-63 knot winds and 20-30 foot seas, could pose life threatening conditions for mariners.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews are flying storm tracks and using marine radios to warn offshore boaters of the approaching heavy weather and recommending they seek safe haven.

Coast Guard sectors and stations across southern New England will maintain response-ready for near-shore search and rescue. The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane and 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Oak crews are preparing to stage in protected waters for offshore response.

"We understand the sea is a livelihood for many people, but this is one of those few times when we urge everyone, commercial and recreational boaters, to stay off the water," said Captain Richard Schultz, commander of Sector Southeastern New England.

Additionally, he said all boaters and those living along coastal communities are urged to secure their small craft and paddle craft, including canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards, due to the expected high winds, heavy seas, and storm surge. If drifting and unmanned, they could set off unnecessary searches and tie-up vital search and rescue resources.

For additional information from the National Weather Service, please visit the website.

Hull prepares for significant storm


Schools Superintendent Kathleen Tyrell has closed the town's three public schools tomorrow in anticipation of a late winter snowstorm that forecasters say may dump a foot of snow on the area.

Tyrell made the announcement via an automated call to parents this afternoon.

Hull Police Chief John Dunn said today that winter parking bans will go into effect at midnight. Here's the text of his message that was posted on Facebook this afternoon.

"Due to the forecasted snow storm, the Town of Hull has enacted the winter parking ban starting at 1200AM 3/14 until further notice. This means no parking on the following streets: Nantasket Ave, Atlantic Ave, Spring St. and Main St. and residents are encouraged to remove all vehicles from roadway and parking allowed only on even side of street where permitted. Further Bay Street is one way from northerly entrance (At Bay and Water)."

The Times will publish further information from the town relative to storm conditions as it becomes available.