Hurricanes and Storms

Storm Floods the Island on Sunday

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.

High Seas Not Very High Winds Not Very Strong

Vineyarders awoke this morning thoroughly bored with a hurricane called Esther.
Like some mythical nature deity, she had languished out there to the math southwest, as if on a watery Olympus of her own construction, Wednesday night and all day yesterday, sending toward the Vineyard disturbing but largely impotent manifestations of her displeasure: high seas that were not very high, strong winds that were not very strong, and rain that only intermit­tently could be called a deluge.

Donna, the Freak, Strikes Hard Blow

Donna, the “freak” hurricane, swept the Vineyard on Monday, bringing winds of varying velocity, some hard rain-squalls, and spreading miner disaster. Miner, as to individual examples although the list of damage seemed endless. A few boats ashore, literally hundreds of trees split, twisted off and in a few cases, uprooted, and paralysis of the Island’s electrical system for hours, but not crippling the telephone system as badly.
Tides ran high, and a large number of waterfront properties in various parts of the Island suffered battering by floating debris.

Hurricane Strikes the Island with its Full Force

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.

Harbor View Weathers Storm Without Hardship

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.

Menemsha Creek, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven Harbors Lead the Long Roll of Damage

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.

Hurricane Slashes the Vineyard, Inflicts Deep Wounds Everywhere

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.

Vineyard Sound Lightship Goes Down with All Hands

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.

Hurricane Damage on Vineyard Goes Into the Millions

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.

Score of Boats Swept Past Edgartown Light

“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.