Little Compton Police advised residents to evacuate their Round Pond Road homes, as a storm surge will likely make the area impassable once high tide hits at 8:13 p.m.
Police officers were going door-to-door this afternoon to warn residents of this impending danger as seas continue to rise tonight.
"It's a voluntary evacuation, but we are also trying to get a number of how many people are still in the area in case anything were to happen," said Little Compton Police Chief Sidney Wordell in an interview at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, boat owners checking on their vessels at Sakonnet Point were worried tonight's tide could be damaging to equipment and docks in the coastal area.
"It's low tide now but this is where the water usually is at high tide," said Corey Forrest, of Portsmouth, who checked on her family's docks and fishing vessels this afternoon. "We're hoping that this is the height of the winds though."
Police are preparing for flooding in the area and encourage all residents who wish to evacuate to head to the region's hurricane-approved shelter at Tiverton Middle School,