By Rebecca Lee Allen
Most of the south shore, south coast and cape cod have felt major impact from the effects of Winter Storm Riley. A full moon during a major storm can cause incredible devastation, especially to anyone living in flood zones. We have seen many storms in recent past coincide with a full moon. Full moon high tides are slightly higher than the average high tide. This is due to the gravitational effect of the moon pulling on the Earth's surface.
Of course with the Full moon bringing in higher than average tides many towns saw road flooding and road closures starting before lunch on March 2. Photos have flooded my news feed as people share the scene from inside their home. Those who choose to venture out into the storm did not all walk away unscathed. One man lost his Jeep to the incoming waves, many others had to take evasive action to get out of harm's way, and still others had to be rescued due to being trapped by incoming water.
The stories coming in are devastating, families being evacuated in front loaders, trees down on businesses, cars and homes. Entire towns still without power are Ptown, Marion, Scituate, and Lakeville. In Duxbury, Wareham, Pembroke and Rochester 95%+ of their residents are without power.
Last night by 8pm over 300,000 Eversource customers in southeastern Massachusetts were without power. That number continued to climb as the winds persisted. Even now, at 1 pm March 3rd, winds are continuing as many people are starting the clean up process, but not all are so lucky. Eversource is reporting that 170,000+ people are still without power. Falmouth, Wareham, Barnstable, Plymouth, and Provincetown are the towns with the highest numbers of customers without power as of 1 pm.
One story in particular came as a real shock to South Shore and Cape Cod Metaphysics, author of Yoga in Nature, Debbie Blauss. She was in her home, riding out the storm with her friend, when a large tree came through her roof landing across her bed. Thankfully no one was physically hurt, but the shock and awe of the night sky through her open bedroom ceiling lives on. This is just one of hundreds of stories of families who were heavily impacted by the ongoing storm.
7 people have lost their lives in this storm, one of whom was from Massachusetts. Ryan McDonald, 36, of Plympton, MA was sitting in his car when a tree fell on it, Friday afternoon around 3pm. A State of emergency was put into effect just hours before by Gov. Charlie Baker. With so many recent storms falling in line with full moons we are seeing some of the highest tides in history. Yesterday's storm and full moon contributed to the 3rd highest tide in Boston Harbor since records dating back to 1921. The #1 highest tide being January 4th 2018. Officials say you should be prepared for days of cleanup and power restoration. 15,000 people have had the power turned back on since I began writing this article at 11 am, there is progress but a long way to go.
As of Tuesday March 6th Eversource is reporting there are still 3,790 customers without power. 1, 387 of those customers live in Plymouth. Orleans still has 280 residents without power. Barnstable has 219 customers without power. Rochester has 199 residents without power. Other towns still without power are under 150 customers per town.
Do you have power? Did you walk away unscathed? Let us know about your neighborhood or town in the comments below.
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