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Storm claws away cliffs, dunes

The raging seas from last week’s nor’easter left towns from Nantucket to the North Shore struggling to recover from the coastal erosion that carved away beaches, undermining houses and flooding residential areas.

On the eastern coast of ­Nantucket, the ocean’s waves tore as much as 30 feet off the cliffs that run along Siasconset Beach. The erosion pushed the edge of the 80-foot-high cliff ­inland, dangerously close to Baxter Road, which runs along the coast, said Jeff Carlson, Nantucket’s natural resources coordinator.

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