Hurricane Edouard Bashes Vineyard; High Winds and Torrential Rains Cause Property Damage and Power Outages
Jason Gay
Hurricane Edouard slowly brushed past Martha’s Vineyard yesterday, battering the coastline with fierce, gusting winds and torrential rains, causing property damage, power outages and rudely interrupting the plans of thousands of Labor Day travelers.
 
The Vineyard was spared the brunt of Edouard - the eye of the hurricane rumbled east of Nantucket early yesterday afternoon - but its blustery, fitful grip upon the Island was long, gloomy and occasionally intense.
 
The first major winds and rain from Edouard arrived late Sunday afternoon.
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Hurricane Bonnie Dies South of Vineyard
Mark Alan Lovewell
The storm formerly known as Hurricane Bonnie swerved south and east of the Vineyard this weekend, passing some 120 miles away and bringing little more than a breeze and a bit of rain while the surf on South Beach roared.
 
The distant passage of the storm was good news to a waterfront community that had been preparing all week.
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Floyd Passes Through
Mark Alan Lovewell
Remnants of the year’s worst hurricane passed over the Vineyard last night, delivering both high winds and rain. Hurricane Floyd, a storm that formed in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, began disrupting life on the Island days before it arrived.
 
With the sun still shining, Steamship Authority ferry service was suspended yesterday after the MV Martha’s Vineyard completed its run to the Vineyard at 11:30 a.m.
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Hurricane Strikes the Island with its Full Force
Vineyard Gazette
It happened again to the Vineyard. New England’s second tropical hurricane, with the code name Edna, struck the Island with its full force on Saturday, inflicted some further damage although not nearly so great as the first storm of the season, and left much restoration work to be begun all over again.
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Menemsha Creek, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven Harbors Lead the Long Roll of Damage
Vineyard Gazette
The Vineyard’s third hurricane roared over the Island Tuesday, reached the high mark of a flood sea in some places exceeding that of 1938, and left a scene of destruction as the wind abated and the seas fell. The high of the tidal flood came about noon. All the serious damage was inflicted between mid-morning and a little past noon.
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Hurricane Slashes the Vineyard, Inflicts Deep Wounds Everywhere
Vineyard Gazette
The back road between Edgartown and Vineyard Haven seemed to have weathered the storm pretty well, bordered by sturdy scrub oak. However, as the road nears Vineyard Haven, the taller trees in the vicinity took a severe beating and consequently, so did the power lines.
 
 
In Vineyard Haven, Beach road was inundated and was still impassable in the middle of the afternoon. Merchants with businesses on the road, who appeared to start a day’s work, soon found that they were marooned throughout the morning and part of the afternoon. Beach street was also flooded.
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Heavy Blow
Vineyard Gazette

On Tuesday night it blew a violent gale from the southeast, for about ten hours. The U. States schr. Gallatin in attempt­ing to get to the wharf, was driven on shore; her tender, the Gazelle, was driven high and dry upon the beach, and nearly all the copper on her starboard side washed off. The smack Bruce, in coming into the harbor, dropt her an­chor, but as we understand did not have her cable secured, and consequently, went ashore between Coffin’s and Commercial wharf. She got off without much damage, yesterday.

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Passage of Hurricane Through Harbor Leaves a Broad Trail of Wrecked Boats
Tom Dunlop
It was the Vineyard’s first resort season hurricane and Edgartown harbor paid dearly for its popularity Monday afternoon.
 
The last great tropical storm to wrack the Edgartown harborfront came in 1944. Then, the town was still mostly a fishing village, and the lumber on the beaches was made up of timber piers and the shacks of working men.
 
In 1954, two hurricanes savaged the harbor. The first, Carol, showed what a terrible storm could do to a popular anchorage if the season was still late summer.
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Hurricane Damage on Vineyard Goes Into the Millions
Vineyard Gazette

Two Fishermen Drown, Ruin at Colby Property, West Chop Is Damaged

 
Martha’s Vineyard awoke on Friday morning to witness such a scene of destruction and wreckage as the Island never saw before.
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The Great Gale
Vineyard Gazette
Wednesday, September 8th, will ever be memorable from the fact of the furious gale of wind which raged in this section of the country. In fact, the newspapers all agree that it was the most fearful “blow-out” old Boreas has had since the historic September gale of 1815; and they all with one accord, express the hope that our land may never again be visited with such another powerful manifestation of strength and fury of the elements.
 
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