Windstorm Downs Trees, Knocks Out Some Power

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

The high winds nearly caused a utility pole to topple on Oak Street by the Harwich Community Center. Power was interrupted for a time Monday when crews replaced the pole. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

An early-autumn storm with tropical characteristics dumped around an inch-and-a-half of rain on the Lower Cape Sunday night into Monday, bringing strong winds that caused localized power outages.

Harwich public works crews remove a fallen tree from Brooks Park, Harwich Center. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

Harwich public works crews remove a fallen tree from Brooks Park, Harwich Center. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

An official weather service station in Chatham recorded 1.52 inches of rain from the storm, with the deluge causing short-lived street flooding in several locales. But the storm was most noted for its strong winds, which gusted to 67 mph in Chatham at about 3:30 Monday morning. A 72 mph gust was clocked in Wellfleet, with a 93 mph gust at Popponesset Beach in Mashpee.

The south and southwest winds caused heavy surf and coastal splash-over on south-facing beaches, with Nantucket Sound waves nearly reaching the parking lot at Red River Beach in South Harwich. The waves scoured the shoreline, causing moderate coastal erosion in areas like Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham.

The gusts downed trees and limbs, closing a number of roads and causing thousands of people to lose electrical service. Cape Cod Tech dismissed classes early Monday because of an outage affecting its building.

The high winds nearly caused a utility pole to topple on Oak Street by the Harwich Community Center. Power was interrupted for a time Monday when crews replaced the pole. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

The high winds nearly caused a utility pole to topple on Oak Street by the Harwich Community Center. Power was interrupted for a time Monday when crews replaced the pole. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

 

White water at Red River beach. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

White water at Red River beach. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

The high surf inundated much of Red River Beach, South Harwich, but didn't deter this beachcomber. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

The high surf inundated much of Red River Beach, South Harwich, but didn't deter this beachcomber. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO