RECORD BREAKING OCTOBER BOMB CYCLONE STORM HITS #GLOUCESTERMA LEAVING IN ITS WAKE UPROOTED TREES, GROUNDED BOATS, ROUGH SEAS OVER DOGBAR, TWIN LIGHTS, BACKSHORE, INNER HARBOR

The definition of a ‘bomb cyclone’ is one that drops in pressure by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. As this storm intensified, the central pressure dropped to a new record for lowest pressure during October in our area.

CAPE ANN RECOVERING FROM THE BOMBCYCLONE -By Kim Smith

Rain this past week melted the snow, revealing more destruction from the 2018 Bombcyclone. Stopping at favorite places along the backshore, the storm surge left in its wake damage to T-wharf, the road is completely washed out at Pebble Beach, and Eastern Point marsh and storm drains are clogged with debris.

T-Wharf, Rockport

Pebble Beach and Henry’s Pond. The storm surged pushed the rocks over the bank and into the road. Saltwater found a path and gushed into Henry’s Pond.

Popples strewn across the lawn and seaweed and debris clogged storm drains.

MASSIVE TOWING OPERATION AT #GLOUCESTER MA HIGH SCHOOL #BOMBCYCLONE FLOODING AFTERMATH

Underway last night was a massive towing operation with at least half dozen Tally’s hookers moving the frozen cars off site. Curious as to where the cars were being towed, we followed one truck to the Blackburn Industrial Park, to a lot a few doors down from, and on the same side of the street as, the old Cape Ann Medical Center.

 

Cars were immersed in seawater during the flooding that took place during the Bombcyclone weather event. I hope so much the cars were not destroyed and can be restored. David Rasa photo of the flooded cars at the Gloucester High School parking lot.

SPINDRIFTS, SURFERS, AND SCHOONERS – MORE PHOTOS FROM AFTER #BOMBCYCLONE #GLOUCESTERMA

After posting a photo of Schooner Sugar Babe, First Mate Amy of the Schooner Green Dragon asked if we could see how the Green Dragon fared, and yes, she appears to have weathered the storm. Three crazy surfers were at Good Harbor Beach (no margin for error here). The wave action along the backshore was dramatic although they didn’t seem quite as huge as after some recent nor’easters. Temperatures are predicted to drop below zero this weekend. I hope everyone has their power restored and are keeping cozy.

 

FIRST LOOK MORNING AFTER STORM #BOMBCYCLONE #GLOUCESTER MA GOOD HARBOR BEACH, BACKSHORE, ROCKYNECK, EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE

Eastern Point Lighthouse

The water has receded and left in its wake tremendous damage to a number of homes and property. In many cases, from the exterior, it appears as though the record breaking high tide never occurred, but interiors are an entirely different story. Power is being restored around the Cape and if you were one of the lucky ones, as were we, you never lost it.

Twin Lights

Things are looking up, with the sun poking out around 10:30, and folks doing their best to dig out, urgently so, with temperatures predicted to drop into the single digits overnight.

Schooner Sugar Babe appears to be AOKAY

The roads are very driveable! Thanks to incredible efforts by Mayor Sefatia, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Gloucester’s awesome DPW, policemen, firemen, emergency medical crews, and the Coast Guard for all that they did yesterday to help our community keep safe and all that they continue to do today to recover from the Bomb Cyclone of 2018. 

Turkey running down the road and trying to find a place to cross in the drifting snow.

Lined up for breakfast at Niles Pond.

Tiniest Snowman at Bass Rocks.