March Keeps Roaring, But Emergency Crews Are Lions Too
Landry Harlan
After a month of storms, Islanders are reflecting on how they fared and looking ahead to how they can be better prepared for when the next one comes.
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Winter Storm Cancels Ferries, But Lacks Punch
Sara Brown
An early spring northeaster brought wet snow and cancelled ferries but had little other impact on the weather-beaten Vineyard.
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March Blizzard Sweeps in With Snow, Power Outages
Sara Brown

Blizzard conditions were widespread Tuesday with lingering wind and snow. Overnight shelters opened and Island public schools were closed Wednesday.

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Storm Causes Widespread Property Damage on Island
Julia Wells

A powerful winter northeaster that pounded the Island late last week with hurricane-force winds, astronomical high tides and heavy rains left town and beach managers scrambling to assess damage and begin repairs.

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Vineyard Sound Lightship Goes Down with All Hands
Vineyard Gazette
The Vineyard Sound lightship was lost with all hands the night  of the hurricane. The luckless vessel, with a crew of eleven, was at her station off the tip of Cuttyhunk in Vineyard Sound, when she was presumably overwhelmed, with no chance to radio a message of her approaching fate and ask for aid.
 
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Slow-Moving Tropical Storm Brings Rain, Wind, Heavy Surf
Julia Wells and Sara Brown
Rain and wind lashed the Vineyard for a second straight day Thursday as tropical storm Jose churned seas. Ferries are cancelled.
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Score of Boats Swept Past Edgartown Light
Vineyard Gazette
“It was heartbreaking to see those boats go to pieces,” Capt. Fred Vidler, keeper of the Edgartown Harbor Light said yesterday. He was speaking of the boats, torn from their moorings in Edgartown harbor, which were carried by the current against the lighthouse bridge at the height of the storm. As soon as the craft hit the bridge they seemed to go to pieces like matchwood.
 
From the lighthouse yesterday afternoon it was possible to see at least nine wrecked boats from the harbor entrance all the way to Cape Pogue.
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Harbor View Weathers Storm Without Hardship
Vineyard Gazette

Earnest G. Friez Jr., manager, said that he thought that the Harbor View Hotel had weathered the Tuesday weather in comparatively good shape. “We were very fortunate,” he said, “compared to the trouble some were in.” One chimney fell on the ell of the main hotel, over employees’ quarters, and smashed through the roof into a room on the third floor. Other than that the damage was confined to a few chairs, windows and shutters and shingles.

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Damage from Northeaster Is Set at Walloping $3.4 Million
Rachel Orr and Mark Alan Lovewell
The northeast storm that walloped the Island last week caused an estimated $3.4 million in damages.
 
Martha’s Vineyard fared better than her Cape Cod and Nantucket neighbors.
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Coast Guard Launches Air Rescues At Sea During Height of Storm
Rachel Orr
Five fishermen were stranded on Nomans Land for more than five hours Wednesday, waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue them.
 
The fishing crew were aboard the Michelle Lane, laden with fish and bound for New Bedford when it ran aground at 1:10 a.m. off the south side of Nomans.
 
The crew contacted the Coast Guard about their predicament. At 9:56 a.m.
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