Monday, March 11, 2013
The images of houses destroyed or made uninhabitable by the storm are a nightmare for shoreline homeowners — or people who some day want to be. Does it change how you feel about living seaside?
Just up the shore on Plum Island there are scenes of destruction that might give nightmares to anyone with seaside property. During the storm, one home was washed off its foundations and is a total loss. Pictures and video of it sitting on the rocky beach at a nauseating 45 degree angle dominated newscasts on Friday. Since then, another home has been claimed by the sea and others are off-limits because of structural damage. One Duke University expert told the Boston Herald this was "the end of Plum Island." Of course, everyone who owns property by the sea — or wants to own property by the sea — knows this could happen. That's theory, though. To see it take place nearby, does that change your calculus about either keeping your seaside home …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday's snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow on Marblehead, prompting road closures and the cancellation of school.
Marblehead, along with the rest of the North Shore, was caught flat-footed by the severity of the snowstorm that slammed the region Friday morning. Storm predictions on Thursday had called for just a few inches of snow at best, certainly not the 14 inches that blanketed the town Friday morning. The snow, combined with strong winds and powerful storm surges, left a mess on town roads and even temporarily closed the causeway to Marblehead Neck. School in Marblehead was initially delayed by two hours -- the decision was made just before 6 a.m., but then canceled completely just after 9 a.m. as conditions worsened. Flooding during high tides on Thursday had also led to some road closures, including the causeway. According to spotter reports …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Essential daily Marblehead information at a glance, including the latest on the storm.
1. Weather Watch: Snow continues, mainly before 3 p.m. High near 39. Winds also continue, with a north wind 24 to 30 mph and gusts as high as 47 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 2. Flooding Concerns: This morning's high tide, which reaches its peak at 7:52 a.m., may be a doozy for Marblehead. It's expected to be a full foot higher than Thursday morning's high tide, which closed the causeway and pounded Devereux Beach. 3. Winds Also Continue: The strong winds also won't let up today, as the National Weather Service's wind warning remains in effect through 1 p.m. Gusts of 47 mph are expected and they could push 50 mph. 4. Angie Miller Advances on "American Idol": The North Shore's own Angie Miller punched …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A coastal storm could dump heavy wet snow and cause flooding between Thursday and Friday in Marblehead.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch and coastal flood warning for Marblehead and parts of Essex County in the coming days. A coastal storm could generate heavy wet snow and high winds and churn storm surges to 3 feet from late Wednesday night through Friday morning. Offshore waves will likely climb to 25 to 30 feet and surging tides could cause coastal flooding. The National Weather Service is predicting 1-to-3 inches of snow for Marblehead on Thursday. Places within the region could get 4-to-8 inches, according to the winter storm watch. The snow is expected to be the heavy wet variety that can bring tree limbs down on power wires and knock out electricity.
Friday, February 8, 2013
One place to see all the blizzard news and share what you know with Marblehead neighbors.
Saturday, 4 p.m. — The statewide driving ban has been lifted. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — Waking up to at least a foot of snow on the ground. Get your shovels ready! Saturday, 12:30 a.m. — At least 7 inches have fallen in Marblehead. Friday, 11:00 p.m. — Winds picking up, wind gusts up to 50 mph. Friday, 8:00 p.m. — White-out conditions in Marblehead, howling winds. Friday, 6:00 p.m. — About two inches on the ground so far in Marblehead. Friday, 4:00 p.m. — All non-emergency vehicles ordered off of the roads. Friday, 3:06 p.m. — The Northshore Mall and Liberty Tree Mall closed at 2 p.m. Friday, 3:02 p.m. — The Boston Bruins have pushed their Saturday home game from a 1 p.m. start to a 7 p.m. start. Friday, 2:34 p.m. — The governor has issued an …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The coming blizzard won't just bring snow — Saturday morning's high tide could potentially damage shoreline homes, the National Weather Service said.
The blizzard expected to begin Friday evening may crescendo into flood damage come Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has declared a coastal flood watch for the entire Massachusetts coast line — including Marblehead. You've probably heard about the coming storm that's expected to dump one to two feet of snow on much of the state. But early Thursday morning the Weather Service added the flood watch to the blizzard watch already in effect. Forecasters say "numerous coastal roads" could become impassable Friday evening and during Saturday morning's high tide. In Salem Harbor, the Saturday morning high tide will come at 9:59. It could be accompanied by large waves and a storm surge of two-three feet, the Weather Service warns. …