VIDEO: Hermine Brings Wind, Rain To Region

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A downed tree on Vacation Lane, Harwich.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

Tuesday update: Storm damage from Hermine has been very light.  Trees and branches were downed in several locations overnight, including Barn Hill Road and Crow's Pond Road in Chatham and Cedardale Road in Pleasant Lake.  A tree went through the roof of a house in Brewster, and the high winds caused a number of boats to drag their moorings in Nantucket Harbor.  According to the National Weather Service, Hermine has yet to make its closest pass to Cape Cod, but because the storm is weakening, the highest winds are expected to have passed.  Check this week's Cape Cod Chronicle for the full story and photos.

5 p.m. update: Spotty power outages continue, but Eversource has been able to quickly restore service to most.  A large tree fell across Vacation Lane in Harwich, and a sailboat parted its mooring and grounded on Head of the Bay Beach in East Harwich.  A large yacht, the 193-foot Itasca hailing from the Cayman Islands, is taking refuge from the northeast winds off Hardings Beach.  It came to Chatham from Edgartown, presumably to ride out the storm.

3 p.m. update: The Lower Cape continues to experience periods of heavy rains and gusty winds as a result of Hermine.  At one point, more than 800 Eversource customers were without power on Cape Cod, but crews have been quickly restoring service, and few outages remain.  Queen Anne Road in North Harwich was closed for more than an hour while utility crews removed a tree that was leaning on power lines.  State officials and the U.S. Coast Guard are warning sightseers to stay clear of the water, where high surf and rip currents pose a danger.

12:15 p.m. update: Outer bands from Hermine were approaching Nantucket, and were expected to bring a burst of higher winds and heavier rain to our region this afternoon.  High tides on the east and south side take place between 3:20 and 3:50 p.m. today, but no serious coastal flooding is expected.  Around 100 customers in Sandwich were without power after a transformer explosion likely related to the storm, but there were no power outages reported on the Lower Cape.

Previous update:  Tropical storm warnings were up along the coast Monday as Hermine brought wind and rain to the region.  Winds gusted to about 25 miles per hour Monday morning and surf was beginning to kick up off shore.  Many boat owners hauled their vessels Sunday as a precaution.  No problems were reported as of mid morning.  Heavier rain and stronger winds were expected as the day wears on. Stay tuned for more as the storm continues.