Small island of Nantucket gets walloped by storm

Blizzard conditions on Chatham Wednesday afternoon as a storm slammed Cape Cod and the Islands.

John Tlumacki /Globe Staff

Blizzard conditions on Chatham Wednesday afternoon as a storm slammed Cape Cod and the Islands.

While many areas on the Cape and islands are expecting snow to taper off and wind gusts to die down, the storm is still raging this afternoon on the island of Nantucket, an emergency management official said.

“It’s not over yet,” said Dave Fronzuto, the town’s emergency management coordinator.


The town has accumulated about 10 inches of snow and still has “whiteout” conditions, he said. Winds are whipping through. One wind gust was recorded at 98 miles per hour, he said.

“It’s dangerous out there,” said Fronzuto. “It’s still blowing hard.”

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The National Weather Service said an 82-mile-per-hour gust reported by an automated observation station in Nantucket appeared to have been the fastest recorded since the device began working in April 1998. The wind may have blown harder during Hurricane Bob in 1991 and the “No Name Storm” of 1993, though measurements for those storms weren’t available, the forecasters noted.

National Grid said 1,264 customers were without power on the island shortly after 2 p.m.

A few car accidents have occurred, but no injuries have been reported. Drivers have abandoned their cars on major roads to avoid driving with low visibility, Fronzuto said.


Drivers are asked to avoid the Easy Street, Easton Street, and Brant Point areas because they are experiencing flooding from high tides, he said.

Snowdrifts have accumulated to six feet in some areas, said Fronzuto.

“We were anticipating this,” said Fronzuto. “But it’s pretty bad. People should stay inside.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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