SPECIAL REPORT: Nor’easter brings major coastal flooding, power outages (preliminary).

Check this article for continuous coverage of the major nor’easter expected to bring snow, high winds, coastal flooding and power outages. (scroll down for previous coverage).

3:30 PM update: Photos of flooding Route 6A by Cape Cod Natural History Museum, Sesuit Harbor, and near The Marshside Restaurant. Thanks to Jamie Forster for the submission.

Brewster and Dennis Flooding

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3:00 PM update: BREAKING NEWS: Head on crash with critical injury reported in Orleans on Route 28 by Christmas Tree Shop. CWN has a crew headed that way. Power outages up to 5,600. Photo below of flooding and ice on Bridge Street in East Dennis near the Marshfield Restaurant. Photo by D. Scott Williamson.

2:45 PM update:
Nearly 2,100 customers without power, mostly in the mid and upper Cape. Photos from Truro show the Harbormaster’s office flooded and water up to the houses on either side of Pond Village Beach (Cold Storage Beach)
Thanks to Steven Stahl for this submission.


2:30 PM update:
Wires are down along Route 6A in Cummaquid as captured by Matt Pitta above. There are nearly 1,000 customers out in Barnstable. Where precipitation has changed to snow the roads get slick very quickly. A pickup truck slid off the road and struck the digital speed limit sign on Old Barnstable Road in Falmouth (Falmouth Police photos):

2:15 PM update: Rescue operations continue in the Morris Island area of Chatham where as we reported earlier the water breached a barrier island. CWN’s Craig Chadwick is in that area and we hope to have photos from there soon. Precipitation has changed to snow in the Hyannis area. Many sections of Route 28 in Harwich and Chatham are closed due to flooding. Do not drive around barricades! Matt Pitta is in Sandwich where waves were crashing over Route 6A and vehicles were submerged on Route 6A in West Barnstable:


2:00 p.m. update: Multiple rescues from cars continue along the bay side. Please stay off the roads. 773 customers out in Barnstable.
Bourne PD is live streaming:

1:30 PM update: Yarmouth Police report: The Town of Yarmouth Boardwalk located at Bass Hole at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouthport is currently being destroyed due to high winds and ice flows.

YPD has closed the immediate area and everyone is directed to stay away.

From Dennis Police: The following areas in Dennis are experiencing flooding conditions and traffic is being detoured around these areas:

Route 6A at Paddocks Path
Bridge Street, East Dennis
Route 6A at Airline Road

Hopefully these flooding conditions should alleviate once the high tide recedes in the next few hours.

The area of Route 28 in front of Sundancers in West Dennis also has experienced some flooding but at this time vehicles are able to get through that area.


1:15 PM update:
Precipitation has changed to snow in Bourne as shown by Bourne Police above. Numerous reports of coastal flooding. Route 6A in East Sandwich closed due to water over road:

Provincetown Fire reporting 3 feet of water on parts of the west end of Commercial Street and along Provincelands Road. Evacuation operations continue in the Morris Island area of Chatham. The weather service reporting in Chatham that the water cut through a barrier island on Starfish Lane. Water is up to Condo Complex doors. Several cars floating. Lots of trouble on the North and South Shore too. NWS tweeting: “This is getting close to coastal flooding that was observed w/ the blizzard of 1978; major impacts & evacuations currently ongoing along the E Coast of MA”

Another dramatic satellite photo of the storm.

1:00 PM update: Sandwich Fire called to the Town Neck Beach parking lot. A car was reported partially submerged with two people needing assistance to get out.

Officials are pleading with people to avoid coastal areas until further notice! 1,112 customers without power in Barsntable, 337 in Yarmouth and 167 in Provincetown.


12:45 PM update:
Chatham Police posting this photo and reporting Morris Island Area possibly to be inaccessible due to high tide. Chatham Fire and Harbormaster deploying assets to assist and evacuate. Avoid the area.

Flooding along coastal road in Eastham. Eastham Police/CWN

12:30 PM update: Several towns report shore roads closed due to flooding. This includes Morris Island and Little Beach in Chatham with about 4 feet of water and Dewey Avenue in Sandwich. A section of Route 28 in South Yarmouth was closed for a short time due to a pole fire.
Falmouth Police say winds are starting to bring tree limbs down.

11:30 PM update: Precipitation will be switching over to snow soon. Winds will eventually switch to northwest and remain very strong. Tree down on Route 28 in Chatham has been cleared. 600 customers without power in Bourne and Falmouth.

Falmouth Police/CWN

11:00 AM update: Water in Falmouth is almost up to the docks. Provincetown outage has been trimmed to 500.

Chatham Police/CWN

Large tree reported down in area of 989 Main Street (Route 28) near Old Queen Anne Road.

Oak Bluffs Police/CWN

10:40 PM update: Oak Bluffs Police report Sea View Avenue by the seawall closed due to coastal flooding (above). 750 out in Falmouth. A new scan of the map is showing a major outage in Provincetown with 5,500 out. We’re working on finding out the cause.

Eastham Police/CWN

10:15 AM update: Eastham Police report that Eversource crews are on scene repairing the first downed wire of the day on Route 6 near the police department. Approximately 500 customers are without power due to this damage. Eastham PD has extra patrols on duty today to respond to whatever this storm brings us. If possible, please stay home where it is warm and dry!

9:45 AM update: Sandwich Police report ice developing on roadways. Eversource working on Provincetown wire down had to shut off power to part of town (1,404 customers) briefly to make repairs.

9:00 AM update: NWS reports a 75 MPH wind gust in Wellfleet (hurricane force). Earlier power outage in Eastham has been cleared. New outages on upper Cape: 237 in Bourne, 139 in Falmouth. Fisherman from previous call at Macmillan Wharf in Provincetown being taken to Cape Cod Hospital with possible hypothermia.

Dramatic satellite photo shows the “beast” moving up the coast.

8:30 AM update: Conditions deteriorating. Provincetown rescuers at MacMillan Wharf where a fishing vessel was coming in with a crewmember suffering from hypothermia. Winds at the pier have gusted up to 48 MPH. In Eastham, 530 Eversource customers are without power.

A primary power line is down in Lopes Square in Provincetown. The square, and pier are closed. Power is apparently out at the pier as the webcam and weather station are down. Smoke from the wire can be seen in this image:

Provincetown Police/CWN


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