Water Spout Spotted Off West Chop
Steve Myrick

The National Weather Service confirmed that a water spout spotted in Vineyard Sound Monday morning came ashore in Woods Hole as a weak tornado.

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Island Emergency Managers Hone Readiness
Holly Pretsky
It's peak hurricane season, and Island emergency managers are practicing tabletop drills and making sure they are stocked up for shelters — just in case.
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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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