Noel the nor'easter coverage

Reminder: Before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning (when you get power back) set your clocks back 1 hour as daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Use the opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well. 

CWN Storm Team coverage of the nor'easter named Noel
- One of the strongest storms in quite some time lashed the Cape Saturday with near hurricane force wind gusts and heavy rains along with the threat of coastal flooding.
NWS local storm damage reports here.
Public info statement rainfall totals/peak wind gusts here.
Some Cape Cod Today readers are submitting videos of the storm they've uploaded to youtube. Click here to check them out.
View photos of the storm on Nantucket here.

1:00 a.m. update (Sun): Some significant damage reports are coming in via the weather service. They received reports a communication tower at the Harwich Police Department blew over in the storm. Also reports of roof damage at the Otis base and also at a building at the Chatham fish pier. Some shore roads were closed for a time due in Barnstable and Chatham due to overwash at high tide but no structural damage. An amateur radio operator in Barnstable reported an 89 MPH wind gust before his anemometer was destroyed. The damage list from the NWS contains numerous reports of trees and utility poles down. This shot of trees down is on Old Main Street inYarmouth Sunday morning taken by R. Copley who reports many signs down and traffic lights in flash mode so be careful driving around.

10:00 p.m. update: NStar is working to restore power as quickly as they can. Largest power problems at this hour appear to be in Mashpee and Yarmouth. Still a few calls coming in for limbs and wires coming down. Rainfall is winding down after as much as 4.87 inches in Bourne (right). 4 inches in South Yarmouth and our Brewster weather spotter checked in with 3.5 inches. Peak wind gust reported so far on Cape is 63 MPH in Eastham, Highest overall is 72 at Nantucket. Nantucket reported a barometer reading about 5 p.m. of 29.11 or 985 mb. The storm is expected to bottom out at 965 mb a very low pressure! No significant reports have been received so far of coastal flooding. It will take all night and probably well into tomorrow to clean up all of the debris and get all of the power back on. Authorities urge everyone to stay off stay off the roads for the night as it is still dangerous to travel out there...

7:15 p.m. update: I can attest that its dangerous out there! Scary moments when a fire was reported on Telegraph Hill in Provincetown in the same neighborhood as last night's fire. Fortunately it was a good intent call and no fire. However while waiting on scene in my car for the all clear a large limb crashed down on the back of the car. Luckily no windows smashed and there was no significant damage but as soon as the all clear was given I went straight back home! Hyannis firefighters were called out to a fire. Details are sketchy because I was on the run but the fire was quickly put out though firefighters had to vent heavy smoke out of the building. No one was injured. Still numerous reports coming in of downed trees and wires. One report of a tree coming down through the roof of a home-no injuries reported. Several roads are impassible due to flooding or downed trees. An automated weather station at the Truro Central School reports nearly 3 inches of rain.

6:00 p.m. update: Power surges are apparently taking their toll in Centerville. An electrical fire started on the outside of a house on Galahad Circle in Centerville. Two people were evacuated until the power could be cut. Centerville (COMM) crews also responded to 28 Great Marsh Road after sparks were reported coming out of a wall. COMM units were then called to the scene of a working structure fire at 8 North Precinct Road (pictured). A two story ranch home was fully involved. Firefighters made a defensive attack and had the fire under control in about 45 minutes. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Frank Paparo).

4:30 p.m. update: Bourne firefighters called to 1318 County Road after a fireplace fire reportedly got too hot and blew out the glass doors starting a small fire in the home. Centerville fire ordering the closing of Old Stage Road because utility poles are swaying and in danger of toppling. Wind gusts to 55 MPH common. Gusts to 71 MPH reported on Nantucket.

3:30 p.m. update: Structural damage reported to a building on the Otis base. No injuries but the building was evacuated. Another tree reportedly came down on a garage in Sandwich, again no one was injured. More and more falling trees bringing down power lines like this one on Bank Street in Harwich (photo by Jake O'Callaghan)  

2:30 p.m. update: Power outages are rapidly becoming more extensive especially on the upper Cape. Wind gusts to 50 MPH are common.We may not be on the air much longer as conditions worsen. Sources tell CWN officials do not plan to close the canal bridges unless the winds are sustained at hurricane force which is not expected. However, authorities urge everyone to stay inside their homes away from windows. Driving is very dangerous because of falling trees like this one on Round Tree Road in Harwich.
(Photo by Jake O'Callaghan).

2:00 p.m. update: Conditions have started to worsen. Several limbs and a few trees have come down taking wires down causing scattered power outages so far. Winds so far gusting to 45 mph but still expected to hit hurricane force in gusts. About an inch of rain already. Firefighters were called to the Cape Cod Mall for the second day in a row after smoke is spotted in the FYE Arcade. One of the video game machines had apparently malfunctioned.  

10 a.m. update: Rain and wind have moved into the peninsula. Barnstable Police are investigating if wet roads were a factor in a crash in Cotuit about 8 a.m. A vehicle struck a tree on Putnam Avenue near Old Shore Road in Cotuit. Two people were rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries. see coverage below:
   The passenger and driver from this Cotuit crash were transported to Cape Cod Hospital Saturday.
cotuit110307b_225COTUIT - At around 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning the Cotuit Fire Department and the Barnstable Police Department were called to the scene of a car crash in Cotuit at Putnam Ave. and Old Shore Road.

When they arrived, they found a car that had gone off the road and hit a tree knocking down some limbs.  They also discovered some destablized wires from above.  One of the teen girls had been ejected from the car.

Both girls were listed at the scene as priority 2 patients with broken bones and other injuries that were serious, but not life-threatening.  Had the weather been better, a medflight might have been called.

The driver and passenger were transported to Cape Cod Hospital by two rescues.  The scene had to be blocked from Putnam Ave. and at Main Street in Cotuit until wreckers arrived escorted by two Barnstable Police cars.  Due to the inclement weather, it took some time for the two wreckers to get there leaving the scene active until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

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