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It’s been 25 years since the ‘Perfect Storm’ hit New England

It’s been 25 years since the “Perfect Storm” destroyed scores of New England homes and businesses. Above: Waves swamped Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop.Globe Photo/File

It has been 25 years since the 1991 ”Perfect Storm,” also known as the No-Name Storm, swept across New England. The nor’easter knocked over hundreds of homes and businesses across New England, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Also known as the Halloween Storm, the nor’easter created wind gusts above hurricane force that battered the Massachusetts coast from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, officials said. The damage rivaled that from the Blizzard of 1978.

The storm claimed the lives of six fishermen and one captain aboard a Gloucester fishing vessel, the Andrea Gail. The story became the heart of the bestseller “The Perfect Storm.” The Coast Guard looked for the vessel for over a week before calling off the search.


Oct. 30, 1991: Waves crashed into homes on Nantasket Avenue in Scitate.Globe Staff/File
Oct. 30, 1991: Pedestrians avoided wild waves while walking down Nantasket Avenue in Hull.Globe Staff/File
Water overwhelmed Atlantic Road in Gloucester’s Bass Rocks neighborhood.Globe Photo/File/PDFPAGES
Oct. 31, 1991: John Perfetti of Scituate surveyed the damage along Central Avenue.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File/Boston Globe
Oct. 31, 1991: Revere residents fled their homes.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/File
Oct. 31, 1991: People looked over the damage on Salt Island Road in Gloucester.Globe Staff/File/Boston Globe
Oct. 31, 1991: Alan Kaplan went through the belongings of his parents’ home on Long Branch Road after the house was destroyed.Globe Staff/File
Oct. 31, 1991: Waves crested over these homes in Scituate.Bill Brett/Globe Photo/File
Oct. 31, 1991: A boat crashed into a home along Scituate Harbor.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File
Nov. 1, 1991: Two men stood atop a car to avoid the rising waters in Revere.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Boston Globe
Nov. 7, 1991: A Scituate mother and her two children looked through donated clothing. Many residents lost everything in the storm. Bill Brett/Globe Photo/File

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