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Storm ravages homes on Plum Island

NEWBURY — A swollen ocean, roiled by the winds from a strong storm off the coast during high tide this morning, has placed a dozen houses in jeopardy on vulnerable Plum Island, including one that was knocked off its foundation and teetering over the beach, the Newbury building inspector said today.

“This is absolutely the worst damage I’ve seen [in my eight years as building inspector]. We weren’t expecting this, especially because last night’s high tide was so mild,” said Sam Joslin, the building inspector.

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