The Cape prepares for Hurricane Sandy; Updates the next day

Capewide preparations underway for storm's arrival

See below for continuted closures, openings and updates


   During the storm, should your power go out you can report it by using NStar's "Report an Outage" tool or by calling NStar at 800-592-2000. Click the map depicting outages to see the current status. The above map shows the conditions at 11AM on Monday.

Sagamore and Bourne Bridges to close if winds exceed 70 mph

Preparations are being made for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, expected to hit the Cape sometime on Monday. We will add updates for the towns, chambers, Barnstable County and the state here. 

Massachusetts National Guardsmen fill sand bags at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation facility in Freetown MA in preparation for Hurricane Sand , Oct. 28, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James C. Lally.The Bourne and Sagamore Bridges – which connect Cape Cod to the rest of the state – may temporarily close if Hurricane Sandy brings sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the bridges. See the NOAA Water Vapor video here. See the NStar map of local power outages here.

At 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Governor Deval Patrick declared a State of Emergency.

More information is availabe on the Massachusetts Emergency Management (MEMA) website here.

The prediction is that waves would rise to 6 feet on the south shore of Cape Cod. The storm was also expected to dump inches of snow in the region around Virginia. Obama, Romney cancel campaign.

National Guard

As of 6 p.m. Sunday evening, the Massachusetts National Guard has alerted 2,000 Guardsmen throughout the state.  If required, the Guardsmen, according to a release, will clear debris for emergency vehicles, provide power generation, security and respond to requests from the communities throughout the Commonwealth to aid citizens.  Depending on the impact of the storm, as many as 3,000 Guardsmen could be activated.

Cape Cod Shelters - NEW (10/30/12)

Three shelters on Cape Cod are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Monday:

  • Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich (will accept pets)
  • Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth (will accept pets)
  • Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham (will not accept pets)

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) announced Tuesday, that the three regional shelters listed above have closed as of 10 a.m., October 30, 2012.

Cape Cod Hospitals

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Cape Cod Healthcare will close all outpatient centers including C-Lab facilities, rehabilitation services, and medical affiliates.

All five outpatient centers (Stoneman Outpatient Center in Sandwich; Rogers Outpatient Center in Mashpee; Bourne Health Center; Wilkens Outpatient Medical Complex in Hyannis, including Cuda Women’s Health Center; and Fontaine Medical Center in Harwich) will be closed as well.

Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital will remain open during the storm.

Cape Cod Schools - NEW (10/30/12)

Cape Cod schools remain closed on Tuesday, October 30.  Cape Cod Community College will reopen for later afternoon and evening classes around 3:30 p.m. The late afternoon opening depends on whether or not full power is restored to the campus. Call 508-375-4070 before heading to the school.

Town Offices

Most town offices, facilities and libraries will be closed on Monday. Call ahead before heading to any such place.

Councils on Aging - NEW (10/30/12)

The Barnstable Senior Center is open Tuesday, but all programs have been canceled.

Storm Clean-Up - NEW (10/30/12)

In Yarmouth, storm brush may be brought to the former Yarmouth drive-in site at 669 Route 28 on Wednesday, October 31 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The dump site is available to Yarmouth residents only. Proof of residency is required.

In Barnstable, the town transfer station on Flint Street in Marstons Mills will be accepting storm debris until Saturday, November 10. Customers must have a residential transfer station sticker. Commerical debris will not be accepted at this location. Logs must be cut down to 4 feet in length or less.

Power Outages

Power outages should be reported to NStar at 800-592-2000, not to your town or the police department.

Ferry Service - NEW (10/30/12)

Ferry service between the Cape and Islands was suspended on Monday. Hyline announced Tuesday morning that service aboard the Grey Lady will resume Tuesday: to Nantucket at 12 p.m. and to Hyannis at 1:25 p.m. Call Hyline at 800-492-8082 for more information.

Wellfleet Info Line

The town of Wellfleet has a dedicated phone line for information: 508-349-0333. The single-line phone is intended to provide important updates for residents of Wellfleet. It is not an emergency line. If residents receive a busy signal, they should hang up and dial again.


   The storm was already making its presence known at Corporation Beach in Dennis around 10 a.m. Monday morning. Jane Booth photo.

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