Goodnight, Irene

For days I was tracking Irene, and advising that New England should be bracing for a Tropical Storm. Finally, early Sunday morning, Irene was downgraded to just that…a tropical storm. Overall, the forecast for Irene verified quite well (see forecast from Friday).

After hitting North Carolina on Saturday, Irene made a second landfall as a category 1 hurricane very early Sunday morning in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey. She then moved right along the coast and weakened to a Tropical Storm as she moved over New York City at around 9 AM. That means New England’s 20 year hurricane drought continues.

Still, the tropical storm conditions around our area did lead to some damage. As I discussed all week, downed trees were the main problem locally given the gusty winds and full foliage. Here’s a summary of some of the storm damage and reports:

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Hingham- Peak gust: 56 MPH. Wires down on Central Street. Large limbs and wires down on East Street. Tree down on Winter Street. Numerous limbs down on Main Street. Ward Street closed for a time due to downed tree. Wires down on West Street. Scattered power outages in South Hingham. Gardner Street was closed for a time while wires were repaired. Tree and wires down on Hersey Street. Large tree down on a house on Bayberry Road. Large tree blocking Beal Street for a time. Large tree down on Rhodes Circle. Tree down on Thompson Ave. Cushing Street closed for a time due to downed tree. Tree down on Arnold Road, damaged a deck. A tree fell on Old County Road, and a power pole was damaged. Large limb and wires down on Bank Ave. At the intersection of High St. and Whitcomb Ave. a pine tree took down wires and damaged a power pole. A tree fell on a house on Park View Drive, and another tree on that street caught fire while leaning on wires. Tree down on Upland Drive. Tree down on Blaisdell Road.

South Shore- Randolph gusted to 60 MPH. Plymouth hit 62 MPH. Norwood gusted to 66 MPH. Blue Hill gusted to 81 MPH. Numerous downed trees and limbs. Scattered power outages. In Scituate, roads around the Lighthouse were closed to disperse crowds, not because of flooding. Minor coastal flooding along Cohasset inner harbor at time of high tide.

Boston Area- Numerous trees down around the city, some on cars. The tree pictured came down in Brookline. Peak wind gust at Logan: 63 MPH.

Metro-West- Heavy rain and gusty winds led to numerous downed trees and power lines. Some outages. Areas of flooding as well.

South Coast- Peak gust of 72 MPH on West Island in Fairhaven. Taunton gusted to 58 MPH.

Cape and Islands- Atlantic Drive in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard flooded by seawater near South Beach. Parking lots and other areas along Dock Street flooded, including Edgartown Yacht Club. Falmouth gusted to 71 MPH.

Western Massachusetts- Record rainfall and widespread flooding. Some dam breaks.

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