Storm Fury Spreads Scene of Damage Across Island
Rachel Orr
The northeaster that battered the Vineyard this week was like a hurricane, only worse. This time the wind lasted a lot longer than four hours. It lasted days.
 
The Island received a hint of the coming severity on Tuesday. The South Shore had breached in several places. At high tide that day, parts of Beach Road in Vineyard Haven flooded. Seaweed and water filled boats tied to the town dock at Owen Park.
 
Wednesday started off blustery.
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Tidal Surges, Winds Turn Vineyard into New Disaster Zone
Mark Alan Lovewell
A huge Atlantic Ocean storm with the ferocity of a hurricane and the power of a winter northeaster pounded the Vineyard this week, raging across barrier beaches and sandy Island perimeter with flood tides not seen since the double hurricanes of 1954.
 
On Wednesday ferry service to the Vineyard was suspended and the Vineyard was lashed by high winds and angry seas, which rose up and flooded the main areas of the down-Island towns with two or three feet of salt water.
 
Coastal houses became islands and the Beach Road between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs
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Island Crew, Caught in Perfect Storm, Fought for Their Lives in 1991
Cole Louison
On Oct. 19, 1991, 11 days before a piece of “the perfect storm” hit Martha’s Vineyard, three people left the Menemsha harbor on their way to the Bermuda. Nine days later, 100 miles from their destination, the three abandoned their sinking sailboat and all of their belongings to climb aboard a mammoth British container vessel that hours before had picked up their faint mayday call.
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Hermine Eases After Delivering Tropical Blast on Labor Day
Sara Brown
The slow-moving post-tropical storm was well south of Nantucket Tuesday after lashing the Vineyard with wind and rain on Labor Day. Ferries are operating again, but rough surf is expected through mid-week.
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As Hurricanes Threaten, Emergency Managers Eye Storm Response
Alex Elvin

With active hurricane season underway, Martha's Vineyard emergency managers are keeping a close watch on forecasts. And with no major hurricanes since Bob 25 years ago, the Vineyard is overdue for another.

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Hurricane Bob Roared, and Martha's Vineyard Shook
Alex Elvin
Before Hurricane Bob made landfall 25 years ago Friday, Islanders stocked up on ice and batteries, secured their boats and turned on their radios.
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Water Spout off Oak Bluffs
Martha's Vineyard Herald

On Wednesday, the 19th about 1 o'clock p.m., there appeared over the waters of the sound, a wonderful phenomenon, such as only occurs but once in a life time, indeed, one may cross the ocean many times and not witness anything to compare with this. We refer to three water spouts, the second and grandest of which, we shall try to describe.

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Furious Hurricane Belle Blows in; the Vineyard Battens Down
George W. Adams
High winds, high tides, and heavy rains battered the Island last night as hurricane Belle swept destruction across New England.
 
Packing winds 100 miles per hour or better and rainfall in excess of five inches, and traveling at 25 miles per hour, the hurricane was a powerhouse, even if it was little - only 75 miles across.
 
The Vineyard was braced for heavy damage, but as Islanders finally retired last night, they were unsure whether the Island was in for the worst drubbing it has seen since the one-two punch of hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954,
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Hurricane Gloria Slams Westward; Vineyard Damage Is Minimal
Hilary Stout
Hurricane Gloria swept past the Vineyard Friday, veering west and north and carrying less force than predicted, but nonetheless left splintered trees and toppled power lines in her wake.
 
The storm, billed as potentially one of the most dangerous in history, caused no serious injuries on the Vineyard and only minimal property damage, Island officials reported.
 
By Saturday evening most of the felled tree branches were cleared or pushed to the side of roads and electricity was restored to Island homes.
 
Winds whipped across Vin
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Storm Floods the Island on Sunday
Vineyard Gazette
Tropical storm Carrie, packing winds , of nearly 70 Moles an hour, overran the Vineyard Sunday, drenching the Labor Day holiday spirit, flooding streets, and cellars, scattering tree limbs and leaves in her path, and generally ruining the last happy weekend of the 1972 summer season.
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