CWN coverage of the Blizzard of ’18 part 4 (evening) Shelters open up

The third major nor’easter in 11 days is affecting the region. This time snow is a major part. Blizzard warnings are in effect and travel is strongly discouraged. Check this article for continuing coverage (editor’s note: slight change in format-scroll down for latest updates.).

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5:00 p.m. update: At its 4 p.m. conference call on March 13, 2018, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) approved the activation of 3 regional shelters

The following regional shelters will open at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13:

Sandwich High School
365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich

Barnstable Intermediate School
895 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Cape Cod Regional Technical School
351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich

Regional Shelter Information:

  • Arrive with at least three days worth of essentials including your medication.
  • The shelter provides a secure facility, a cot to sleep on, food and water, basic first aid, and functional assistance. Beyond that, it is up to you to pack and bring the essentials of your life including extra clothing, medications, and any medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and oxygen concentrators.
  • If you live at home with the assistance of a caretaker, the caretaker must come to the shelter with you. If you have a visiting nurse, make sure you bring your medical supplies and let your nurse know which shelter you will be staying at.
  • If you are bringing infants, babies, or toddlers to a shelter make sure you bring formula, food, diapers, wipes, changes of clothing, toys, and a “pack ‘n play” or portable crib and bedding.
  • If you have a pet, the emergency shelter system supports the care of your pet(s) while you are in the shelter. You must check your pet(s) in first at the pet shelter before checking yourself into the human shelter. Please bring all your pet supplies to the shelter except for crates, which are provided by the shelter.

If you don’t have transportation to a Regional Shelter, contact your local police or fire department on the NON-EMERGENCY line.

Eastham Police report that the Library, normally closed until 10 am, will be open tomorrow beginning at 8:00 am., So residents still out of power will have a local place to use for warming and to charge their phones and for general comfort. 

Blizzard scenes from Orleans Police in their town:

5:30 p.m. update: Eversource starting to work in earnest on outages. Tally is down slightly to 121,000.

Traffic crash in Falmouth on Waquoit Highway (Route 28) near Collins Road. A Subaru Forester appeared to have gone off the road over the snow bank and down into a gully striking a large tree. The extent of injures was not immediately clear. Falmouth Police photo:
6:00 p.m. update:
Video from Harwich Police of multiple poles down on Route 28:

6:30 p.m. update: Bourne Police report that the Town of Bourne will also be opening a warming center in the town hall lower conference room. This warming center will open at 8:30 AM Wednesday, March 14th. It cannot accommodate pets. The Bourne Middle School may also open as a warming center; however, details on that will follow at a later time. Power outages at 118,600.

8:00 p.m. update: The blizzard warning is canceled, a wind advisory remains in effect. Leftover snow and blowing snow along with downed trees and wires will make travel overnight hazardous at best. Power outages down slightly to 117,800.
Couple of photos from Truro Police as darkness fell:

11:00 p.m. update: Still over 115,000 in the dark and cold. Here’s some good news-the Boston Bruins trailed 4-1 in the 3rd period and went on a tear powered by David Pastrnak’s hat trick to stun the Carolina Hurricanes 6 to 4.
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