Day 4: down to 94 Power outages #GloucesterMa, under 100 #CapeAnn October Storm

As of October 30, 2021, the Massachusetts no name storm power outages tally 92,600 dipping below 100,000 for the first time.

Gloucester Fishermen Boys Soccer away game vs. Danvers was **NOT ** called off last evening ahead of game due to the forecast.

*Author note- updated- apologies for typo. Game on

The repair crews carry on as they brace for foul weather and high winds.

Day 3: less than 500 Power outages on #CapeAnn. #GloucesterMa Essex Manchester Rockport in the green. MEMA Map shows 162,000+ across Mass still to go Northeast October Storm

As of October 29, 2021. Massachusetts no name storm no power outages tally 162,436, dropping steadily.

Green/0% breaks down to less than 500 out locally.

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Day 2: school closed, Power outages #GloucesterMa 40%. Essex 25%. Manchester 68%. Rockport in the green 8%. Across MASS Some 350,000 Northeast No Name Storm #CapeAnn

As of 4:30AM Thursday, October 28, 2021. Massachusetts no name storm no power outages 349,401

5:30 AM **update** Manchester improved to 25% and Essex 14%

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Nor’easter winter storm: snow and rain blowing, sideways, ski goggles worthy #GloucesterMA

LIVE – few winter storm scenes (photos and video clips) 12/17/2020 7am Gloucester, Mass

Winter white out storm: snow, rain and wind– gusting big & horizontal which means snow accumulation tallies will drift here. Plows have been out for various first passes.

Storm Freezing up camera

not molasses crinkles, yet:

What’s in a name? This Dec. 17, 2020 winter storm is called Bailey (which is nice timing wise with George Bailey It’s A Wonderful Life), and winter storm Gail.

Stay safe. We’ll see what happens after 1pm.

#GLOUCESTERMA #NOREASTER MORNING AFTER BACKSHORE, ROUGH SURF, ATMOSPHERIC LIGHT, SEINE FIELD, GOOD HARBOR BEACH SURFERS, PEARLY SUNRISE, MACKEREL SKY, DOGBAR BREAKWATER

After the October nor’easter – photos in this morning’s beautiful atmospheric light.

The wreck of the lobster traps – Long Beach after the storm

Tangled lobster trap clots washed ashore after this week’s nor’easter, landing on the Rockport side of Long Beach between fire break #3 and the bridge to Cape Hedge. “Looks like a shipwreck,” people remarked.

 

The sand was stripped away from the riprap but the seawall is fine. The high tides did not swamp the wall or reach the street.

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Wingaersheek Beach: kite surfing fruit slices & windy choppy waves on day 3 nor’easter #GloucesterMA

I wondered what impact the storm had on Wingaersheek and was surprised by penny candy on the horizon. If surf on the ocean side is not amenable, there are so many alternate beach options in Gloucester. 

AFTER THE STORM SUNSET AND WAVES AT EASTERN POINT LIGHHOUSE

Beautiful breakers and sunset light slipping through the clouds after the storm.


Mother Ann’s silhouette through the waves

GREAT NEWS FOR STRAITSMOUTH ISLAND AND CONGRATULATIONS TO PAUL ST. GERMAIN AND THACHER ISLAND ASSOCIATION!!

A huge shout out to Thacher Island Association and president Paul St. Germain for winning an Essex National Heritage Area partnership grant to restore the elevated pedestrian lighthouse walkway on Straitsmouth Island.

Paul St. Germain writes, “We will restore the original C 1850, 220-foot granite and wooden timber walkway to provide safe and easy access for the public to visit the lighthouse from the keeper house. This walkway has been there since 1854 and was destroyed sometime in the 1930’s. Besides its usefulness it has also been an iconic signature of the island’s profile for over 80 years.”

This unique 1906 photo shows the 315-foot walkway, the oil house, and keeper house, as well as Thacher Island’s Twin Lights in the distance.

Facts about Straitsmouth Island Light Station

  
  • First lighthouse was established in 1835 to mark the entrance to Rockport Harbor.
  • The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1851 and again in 1896.
  • A 6th order Fresnel lens was installed in the lantern in 1857.
  • The current Victorian styled keeper house was built in 1878 similar to the one on Thacher Island.
  • In 1932 the light was converted from white to green.
  • Coast Guard moved the station to shore at Gap Head and sold the island to private parties in 1934.
  • Coast Guard continues to maintain the light as an official aid to navigation today. In 1967 the island (except for the lighthouse) was donated to Massachusetts Audubon Society who maintains it as a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Straitsmouth Island was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
  • In 2010 the lighthouse and 1.8 acres of land was given to the Town of Rockport by the coast guard.
  • In 2014 the Town of Rockport signed a long term 30 year lease with Mass Audubon for the use of the keeper and oil houses.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THACHER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE AND STRAITSMOUTH ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, VISIT THE THACHER ISLAND ASSOCIATION WEBSITE HERE

Straitsmouth Island pounding waves after March nor’easter

ROCK ON GLOUCESTER’S DPW MICHAEL SILVA AND JOHN HARRIS -By Kim Smith

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Shout out to Gloucester DPW’s Michael Silva and John Harris. This morning they removed all the rocks that were blocking the drainage pipe on Atlantic Road, near the Grapevine Road intersection. The rocks had been pushed into the drain by the March nor’easters.

MAJESTIC OLD OAK TREE AT STAGE FORT’S HALF MOON BEACH DOWNED DURING STORM

So very sorry to see the beautiful shade-providing old oak tree taken out by the nor’easters.Cressy’s beach was hit hard, too, with mountains of rocks displaced and the ramp leading to the beach severely damaged. Both Stage Fort beaches sustained quite a bit of erosion.

MARCH FOUR’EASTER NOR’EASTER #GLOUCESTERMA

Grateful for the tameness of today’s storm, the fourth nor’easter of March. Our coastline has had its fill of damage done. Sunny skies forecasted for tomorrow!

Snowy day seagulls feeding in the surf

ROCK ON R. B. STRONG (LITERALLY!) WORK CONTINUES ON THE NILES POND BRACE COVE CAUSEWAY RESTORATION

The arduous work of rebuilding the Niles Pond Brace Cove causeway continues, despite the mid-week blizzard. I walked the causeway Tuesday night and then again the past several mornings–the pace of the restoration is fantastic and will soon be completed. Many, many thanks to the generous residents of Eastern Point who are striving to keep Niles Pond from being engulfed by the sea.

R. B. Strong’s Larry expertly operates the John Deere excavator, deftly extracting and moving boulders around as if they were pebbles on the shore. The track-hoe not only scoops and lifts the massive rocks, the bucket is also used to tamp down the boulders once in place, as you can see in the video below.

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LIVE Nor’easter storm #GloucesterMA Here you come again

Before high tide March 13, 2018 Nor'easter March 13 2018 Gloucester MA before high tide ©c Ryan_091734

LIVE video (1 min – two 30 sec clips)

March 3 –  March 5- March 13

Continue reading “LIVE Nor’easter storm #GloucesterMA Here you come again”

SHORING UP THE NILES POND-BRACE COVE CAUSEWAY BEFORE THE NEXT NOR’EASTER (ARRIVING TONIGHT)

With the third nor’easter to hit our shores during the month of March expected to arrive tonight, track-hoe excavator Larry shares that the work continued today to fortify the causeway, and to possibly get more water to flow through the clogged drain that is preventing excess water from leaving Niles Pond.

For our readers general information, the cost of the repairs, restoration, and continued ongoing maintenance of the causeway, and surrounding area, are paid for entirely by the generous residents of Eastern Point, not tax payer dollars.

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NILES POND BRACE COVE RESTORATION UNDERWAY 2018 #GLOUCESTERMA NOR’EASTER STORM RILEY

Large track-hoes (excavators) are needed to repair the damage done by the March nor’easter storm known as Riley.

The narrowest slip of land between a body of fresh water and the sea.

Native pussy willow trees survive storm after storm after storm after storm. More pussy willows, as well as other deep-rooted natives, need to be planted to help with the unending erosion.

Niles Pond water overflowing the bank and littered with debris swept in by the sea.

UPDATED STORM EMERGENCY INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF MAYOR ROMEO THEKEN

City Offices, Gloucester Schools Closed Thursday

All City Offices (including City Hall), Gloucester Schools are Closed for Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Due to prolonged impacts of the ongoing winter storm, Governor Charlie Baker is announcing that all offices for non-emergency state executive branch employees will be closed today.

Overnight, heavy snowfall and high winds have resulted in hazardous driving conditions. With several communities experiencing power outages and downed trees, the administration is urging residents to stay off roadways and to use public transportation when possible.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND PROVIDER CONTACT INFORMATION AS FOLLOWS:

POWER OUTAGES

National Grid has been preparing for power outages in different areas across the North Shore, including Gloucester. If any outages do occur in your area, it is imperative that they be reported via the National Grid Customer Service or Outage Reporting phone lines as listed below. Every outage phone call that we receive is logged into our outage tracking system and better enables us to pinpoint the location of the issue. The sooner National Grid can identify the location of the issue, the quicker a response can be sent.

  • The Customer Service Line is: 1-800-322-3223
  • The Outage Reporting Line is: 1-800-465-1212

REMINDERS/ SAFETY INFORMATION

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

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