Topics: Storms

Lights Out: Recent Power Outages Raise Questions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Come snow, rain, wind or high water, there’s one thing on the minds of many Lower Cape residents as the latest coastal storm passes through: will the lights stay on? In what appears to have been the largest power outage since Hurricane Bob in 1991, the Cape saw nearly 120,000 people without power during the height of last week’s blizzard, with the entire town of Chatham without electrical service f...

Blizzard Knocks Out Power To Thousands

By: Alan Pollock

Heavy, wet snow and high winds knocked out power for much of Cape Cod Tuesday and into Wednesday. It was the second time in less than two weeks that a storm caused widespread outages, and the third major storm in that period. As of Thursday, power had been restored to most of the region, although about 10 percent of Harwich remained out. Check real-time outage information here . Crews were out in force We...

Even as the third in a series of powerful coastal storms bore down on the region this week, officials hadn’t yet finished cleaning up debris and assessing damage from the first storm. As they wrestled with the future of Liam’s Snack Shack at Nauset Beach (see story, page 3), Orleans officials took action to save the town bandstand from the encroaching surf. With the structure on the edge of the eroded dune, pu...

Eversource: Outages Could Last For Days

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

A late-season blizzard, the third major coastal storm of the season, plastered the Lower Cape with a layer of wet snow Tuesday.   While the snow was fluffy and dry in inland areas, the snow that fell on the Lower Cape coated tree limbs and power lines.  That, coupled with winds that gusted 70 mph or higher, caused tens of thousands of people to lose electrical service. Though they are making progress restor...

Packing hurricane-force winds and a massive storm surge, last weekend’s coastal storm left its mark not only on the battered shoreline, but on the the people of the Lower Cape who were left to clean up the mess. Some of those people were still without electrical service at press time Tuesday afternoon. Redrawing Maps Because it brought wind gusts over 90 mph, giant surf and a storm surge of around four fe...

Cleanup Begins After Powerful Storm

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

The nor'easter that downed trees, flooded roadways and left thousands of Cape Codders without electrical service is now in the history books, leaving piles of debris in its wake.  Eversource crews from around the Northeast worked through the weekend to restore power, and as of Monday morning, fewer than 20 percent of customers were without service in most Lower Cape Towns.  See an updated outage map here .   ...

When the weather cleared on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1978, local residents emerged from their homes to find that the area's shoreline had been significantly rearranged – in some cases more or less permanently. While the Blizzard of '78 paralyzed many areas of Southern New England with several feet of snow, trapping people in vehicles and ultimately accounting for 54 deaths in Massachusetts alone, the snow wasn't the n...

Little Beach, Morris Island Hit Hard By Coastal Storm

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

SEE A GALLERY OF STORM PHOTOS HERE. Friday update: The Little Beach and Morris Island areas were the focus of most emergencies during yesterday's storm.  As of Friday morning, the intersection of Morris Island Road and Starfish Lane remains flooded, cutting off most vehicular access to Little Beach, Morris and Stage Islands.  There was significant flooding of homes in the Little Beach area, and many h...

José Departs, At Long Last

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like an unwelcome visitor who wouldn't take the hint, José spun bands of rain and wind on the Lower Cape for the better part of last week, leaving a soggy parting gift of downed leaves and twigs, but caused no significant damage. José was at peak strength when it crossed the Atlantic. Approaching the Leeward Islands with a maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the hurricane mostly dodged populated is...

Thanks to an almost total communications outage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the full extent of the damage caused by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria remains unknown. For scores of Lower Cape residents waiting to hear from friends and loved ones there, that means more heartache and helplessness.   Mortell Organizes Relief Drive Ignacio Mortell of Chatham, who grew up in San Juan, is gra...

Video: José Finally Departs

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 Having weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, José brought gusty winds and scattered power outages to the region Saturday before being blown out to sea Sunday, leaving homeowners to clean up leaves and twigs but no serious damage. As of Friday morning, a weather station in West Harwich reported having received 1.17 inches of rain during the storm, with many locales receiving less.  The peak wind gust reco...

José Approaches Southern New England

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Having weakened to tropical storm status overnight, José is set to pass south of Nantucket today, bringing gusty winds, coastal erosion and heavy rain. Meteorologists say the experience will be more like a strong fall nor'easter than a hurricane. Because the center of the storm is expected to loop south of Nantucket, stormy weather is forecast to remain in the area throug...

Locals Pitch In For Hurricane Harvey Relief

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Even as Florida residents brace for a potentially catastrophic strike from Hurricane Irma, local residents are doing what they can to ease human suffering in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. A number of small-scale efforts are underway in various local churches, and a private citizen from Texas, who was visiting the Cape at the time of the storm, returned home with boxes of masks, gloves and other supp...