Gov. Baker Declares State Of Emergency In Mass. After Nor'easter

Waves crash against a seawall near the Scituate Lighthouse on Friday in Scituate. (Steven Senne/AP)
Waves crash against a seawall near the Scituate Lighthouse on Friday in Scituate. (Steven Senne/AP)

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the nor'easter that brought rain, extreme flooding and gusts of hurricane-strength winds to the Massachusetts coast Friday.

The storm weakened Saturday — but winds, flooding and power outages to hundreds of thousands of customers are still issues in the region.

On Sunday morning, about 195,000 customers were without power in the state, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. An Eversource spokesperson told WBUR Sunday morning that about all of their customers in Greater Boston and MetroWest will have power by Sunday evening.

The South Shore and the Cape saw the largest amount of outages, including in Plymouth, Bourne and Chatham. As of Sunday morning, Eversource believes that all South Shore customers will have their power back by Tuesday. But the company thinks Cape Cod customers won't have electricity until Wednesday. 100% of customers in Provincetown and Truro were without power, according to MEMA's outage map.

The high tide in Boston peaked just before midnight Saturday at 13.83 feet and came with a storm surge of almost 3 feet, according to the National Weather Service. That compares to Boston's third-highest tide ever recorded on Friday at 14.67 feet.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham told WBUR's Newscast Unit Saturday morning that NWS received flooding reports overnight "all up and down the eastern seaboard of Massachusetts — Scitutate, Gloucester, Plymouth...there was considerable flooding overnight during the high tide." Nantucket's high tide early Saturday morning peaked at a little more than 6.5 feet with a storm surge of over 3 feet, NWS said.

Dunham said the third and final high tide to watch from the nor'easter will hit around noon Saturday, with Plymouth, Sandwich and communities on the north side of the Cape of the most concern.

The National Weather Service says strong winds are expected throughout Saturday, with a high wind warning up for the Cape, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard until 6 p.m. Saturday and a coastal flood warning up through 3 a.m. Sunday. Wind gusts could reach up to 65 mph on Saturday NWS said, with a storm surge for the area of around 3.5 feet in the afternoon.

On the T, the MBTA said Saturday that weather-related damage meant shuttle buses would be used to replace D Line service between Kenmore and Brookline Hills.

With reporting from WBUR's Paul Connearney and Newscast Unit

This article was originally published on March 03, 2018.


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