CWN Storm Center coverage of the October windstorm
CAPE COD - A powerful windstorm lashed Cape Cod Saturday. Winds gusted to 66 MPH. A high wind warning remained in effect into Sunday. Click here for official storm damage reports from the NWS.
12 PM update: Trees and wires have already been reported down in West Barnstable and some other scattered outages have been reported. A large sailboat broke loose in Hyannis harbor and was battered by large waves (top picture). Wet roads may have contributed to this late morning crash in Centerville at Skunknet Road and Ames Roads (pictured right). 82-year old Virginia Neal of Centerville was in serious condition at CCH. The other driver was not hurt. Falmouth Fire reported water almost covering Menaught Road. Photos courtesy of Frank Paparo/NEVN.
2 PM update: a serious crash was reported on Route 6 between exits 5 & 6 westbound in West Barnstable as a vehicle went off the highway and struck a tree about 1 PM. Rescuers reported having to use two sets of Jaws of Life for about 30 minutes to free one of the victims. The occupants were taken to CCH, one with serious injuries. Another vehicle rolled on its side about 1:45 PM westbound on Route 6 at the Yarmouth/Barnstable town line. Two occupants of that vehicle escaped serious injuries. Reports are continuing to come in of some trees and wires down in several towns.
4 PM update: about 3 PM Falmouth officials reported a car swamped in the Teaticket section of town. The occupants apparently had to swim to safety. About 3:30 PM Yarmouth rescuers were checking reports of a windsurfer in trouble in the Bass River area however he apparently safely beached although some distance further down the beach then he intended. Smoke was detected in the garage of the Harwich Police station a short time ago. Fire officials believe an electrical problem was to blame. There was no significant damage. Seawalls in many areas like this one in Provincetown are being buffeted by the high seas driven by winds that have now gusted to 66 MPH in Provincetown and Marstons Mills according to amateur radio operators. Some coastal roads along the upper Cape and Dennis area were closed due to flooding at high tide. No major structural damage has been reported but trees continue to come down and power outages are becoming more numerous and we are going to say they are now extensive. NStar crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Photo by Tim Caldwell.
6 PM update: A strong squall line moved north to south over the Cape after 4 PM. The heaviest rains are now just about over after about 1 to 1.5 inches fell though a few more downpours are possible. Winds have switched to the west and southwest and will diminish slightly overnight only to pick up again on Sunday. The squall line caused these trees to splinter like twigs in front of a west end Provincetown building that houses a real estate business. Luckily the winds blew the trees away from the house and the parked car-and no one was walking by at the time! NStar crews are continuing to repair outages as quickly as possible. Photo by Tim Caldwell.
11 PM update: An eerie calm this evening as the rains ceased and for a time the winds dropped off and it became very mild. Barometric pressures bottomed out at 29.09 or 985 mb. Most of the earlier extensive power outages have been restored by NStar with just scattered outages remaining especially in the upper Cape area where we learned burning wires came across fiberoptic phone wires and melted them knocking out 911 service on Nantucket. We received this photo from one of our readers taken in Woods Hole around 4:30 PM appearing to show a lonely driver trying to decide if a flooded road is passable. Hopefully he made the right decision and didn't wind up like the driver we reported on in the 4 PM update. Winds late this evening are now freshening out of the west at 25-35 MPH. Forecasters still expect the backlash winds on Sunday to be 30-40 with gusts to 60. The wind combined with soggy ground will again mean the possibility of uprooted trees and more power outages. CWN storm center will be monitoring the situation and report accordingly on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Aaron Bryant.
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