Hurricanes and Storms

March Keeps Roaring, But Emergency Crews Are Lions Too

After a month of storms, Islanders are reflecting on how they fared during the barrage of bad weather, and looking ahead to how they can be better prepared for when the next one comes.

Winter Storm Cancels Ferries, But Lacks Punch

An early spring northeaster brought wet snow and cancelled ferries but had little other impact on the weather-beaten Vineyard.

March Blizzard Sweeps in With Snow, Power Outages

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

Storm Causes Widespread Property Damage on Island

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.

Slow-Moving Tropical Storm Brings Rain, Wind, Heavy Surf

Rain and wind lashed the Vineyard for a second straight day Thursday as tropical storm Jose churned seas. Ferries are cancelled.

Hermine Eases After Delivering Tropical Blast on Labor Day

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.

As Hurricanes Threaten, Emergency Managers Eye Storm Response

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.

Hurricane Bob Roared, and Martha's Vineyard Shook

Before Hurricane Bob made landfall 25 years ago Friday, Islanders stocked up on ice and batteries, secured their boats and turned on their radios.

Distant Sandy Delivers Powerful Blast With Flooding, Erosion

Hurricane Sandy, the historic storm that dealt a knockout blow to New York city and the New Jersey coast early this week spared the Vineyard for the most part. But while the center of the storm stayed hundreds of miles away, the Island experienced near-hurricane conditions throughout the day on Monday, including serious flooding and coastal erosion, forcing school closures, transportation shuts downs and a day indoors for most Islanders, often without power.

Island Crew, Caught in Perfect Storm, Fought for Their Lives in 1991

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.