Steamship Authority Expects Service Disruptions Due to Dorian

Courtesy of Steamship Authority

HYANNIS – Ferry passengers should expect service disruptions between Cape Cod and the Islands beginning Friday due to conditions from Hurricane Dorian.

The Steamship Authority says disruptions are possible Friday night through Saturday and maybe into Sunday.

The majority of disruptions are expected on the Nantucket route, but some service on the Martha’s Vineyard route could be affected as well.

Specifically, service on the M/V Iyanough and M/V Governor is likely to be impacted Friday night and all day Saturday.

Preparations are underway to run the M/V Sankaty in place of the M/V Governor during those times.

The Oak Bluffs terminal is also likely to be closed Friday night, Saturday and possibly Sunday.

Steamship Authority officials say these are best estimates at this time and could change as more information about the storm becomes available.

The transportation agency will continue to monitor the forecast and conditions.

Updates will be posted at, on Facebook and Twitter.

Events scheduled on Saturday for the Nantucket Golf Weekend have been cancelled, but all events for Sunday and Monday are still scheduled.

If Dorian follows its current forecast track, it will pass about 130 miles southeast of Nantucket on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph.

Possible for the New England region include:

  • Periods of 40 to 60 MPH wind gusts across the Cape and Islands. This may result in some downed trees and scattered power outages.
  • Heavy rain of 1 to 4 inches across the Cape and Islands, with the heaviest rain occurring late Friday night into Saturday morning. Some urban/poor drainage street flooding may occur.
  • Minor coastal flooding is possible between 6 and 10 AM Saturday on the north side of Nantucket and perhaps some north or east facing beaches of Cape Cod. No significant coastal flooding or property damage is expected.
  • 45 to 55 knot wind gusts and 15 to 20+ foot seas are possible across coastal waters, especially across the waters east of Cape Cod and Nantucket, creating dangerous conditions for mariners.
About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the NewsCenter since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.
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