Hurricanes and Storms

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.

Floyd Passes Through

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.

Hurricane Bonnie Dies South of Vineyard

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.

Hurricane Edouard Bashes Vineyard; High Winds and Torrential Rains Cause Property Damage and Power Outages

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.

Damage from Northeaster Is Set at Walloping $3.4 Million

The northeast storm that walloped the Island last week caused an estimated $3.4 million in damages.
 
Martha’s Vineyard fared better than her Cape Cod and Nantucket neighbors.

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