Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sandy might be retired as a Hurricane name. What about Bob or Irene?
Much of the Northeastern United States slowed down on Monday to watch Hurricane Sandy make its way up the coast toward its eventual landfall on New England. Throughout the day, residents of the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands and elsewhere endured high winds, power outages and in some cases, flooding. The storm came more than a year after Irene left many Massachusetts communities without power. And, Hurricane Bob that landed in August 1991 left the Outer Cape without electricity for more than a week. Which storm do you think was worse – Sandy, Irene or Bob? How did you weather Sandy and the other hurricanes? And, while we're at it, do you think that hurricanes should be called a man's name? Tell us in the comment box below!
Monday, September 12, 2011
An NStar official says the damage could have been far worse and they are requesting comments from local officials in the aftermath of Irene.
NStar did its best to respond to power outages and emergencies after the storm, but more than 250,000 customers were affected, and the storm “caused unprecedented damage to our system and electric systems across the east coast,” NStar spokesman Mike Durand wrote in an email response asking for comment on Senate President Therese Murray's letter to the utility. Durand said NStar declared a Level 5 emergency during Irene, the most severe action in its emergency response plan; the first time the utility has ever implemented the action. NStar is working to answer questions about its response from the state Department of Public Utilities and Attorney General Martha Coakley. During its review, the utility is gathering input from elected …
Senate President Therese Murray sent letters to the presidents of NStar and National Grid, expressing her concern with the utilities' responses in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.
Senate President Therese Murray has questions about the response of two major electric utilities in Massachusetts after Tropical Storm Irene swept through the state Aug. 28. Murray, D-Plymouth, has sent letters to the presidents of NStar and National Grid, asking them for answers about the utilities lack of response to local officials and the cost of overtime for local public safety departments that had to monitor downed wires for hours before utility crews could respond. Murray is asking both utilities to do a better job letting local officials know when and where crews plan to be and what their plans are when the next major storm hits. In the letter to NStar CEO Thomas J. May sent Sept. 6, Murray questions the utility’s inability to …
Friday, September 2, 2011
NSTAR said all residents will be powered up by 10 pm tonight.
Forty-three households are still waiting for NSTAR to restore power. Many of the 43, probably without power since Sunday when tropical storm Irene hit, have been promised power will be back by 10 pm tonight. During the last six days NSTAR said it has put around-the-clock crews on the task of restoration, however many residents expressed frustration of not even seeing a truck pass by or working in their neighborhood. Irene's massive blow to the region came in the form of high winds that toppled trees and broke branches causing damage to power lines. As of 8 am on Friday, about 500 customers are still living without power.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
NSTAR has almost the entire town up and running, except for scattered outages.
Living without out power has most definitely lost its novelty for the remaining 203 Barnstable residents who are still without power after tropical storm Irene. Irene's massive blow to the region came in the form of high winds that toppled trees and broke branches causing damage to power lines. As of 9 am on Thursday, about 9,500 customers are still living in offline. The remaining 203 households should be up and running by 10 pm tomorrow, according to NSTAR. The outages are scattered, but the biggest concentration is on the South Shore and Greater New Bedford area. NSTAR crews are currently working in these tough conditions to restore customers as quickly and safely as possible. It has all 3,000 employees, along with contract crews and …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Many residents want an explanation why NSTAR has not restored power yet.
Residents from Marstons Mills and Cotuit are telling Patch they still do not have power - and there is no clear sign why.
Updated at 7:05 pm NSTAR has not restored power to 792 Barnstable residents as of 4 pm Wednesday, according to an NSTAR statement. Residents scattered about Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Barnstable and Hyannis are reporting their power is still not back. NSTAR told residents they can expect power back by 10 pm on Friday, sooner than estimates released yesterday that said power would be back on Saturday. In one day, NSTAR has managed to cut the number of people without power from about 84,000 to 29,000.
Bacteria levels are high at many of the beaches after tropical storm Irene swam through.
Tropical Storm Irene not only brought in strong, damaging winds, but also beach closing bacteria. The town of Barnstable warned residents that they will be swimming at their own risk at Barnstable beaches. The warning, which recommends staying out of the water until today, was based on knowledge of how tropical storms affect the waters - not testing. "Accordingly, we have no bacteria data expected this week for Barnstable beaches," the statement from the Health Division said. "After storm surges and high waters from wind driven waves, the bacteria levels are likely to be above swimming standards." The town stopped testing beaches for bacteria on Aug. 22, as it deems that date is official closing of water testing. Any questions please …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
NSTAR restoration estimates are for Saturday.
Most Barnstable residents are back into the normal daily swing of things, however there are still 1,817 NSTAR customers without power. NSTAR stated customers without power should be back online by 10 pm on Saturday, Sept. 3. About 10 percent of Barnstable residents are still affected by outages, mostly because of fallen trees that destroyed power lines. There are several reports that affected customers live along Route 6 A. In Massachusetts, at this time, 84,000 NSTAR customers without power.
Out-of-pocket costs often higher for hurricanes than other kinds of damage.
Massachusetts residents whose property is damaged by Hurricane Irene may discover they’ll be paying more for repairs than expected. While most damage in Barnstable was limited and minor, there are few instances where people may be looking for assistance for repairs. The Associated Press reports that most homeowner insurance policies include a deductible that’s typically $500 to $1,000, but out-of-pocket expenses for hurricane damages can be much higher. “In 18 states on the East and Gulf coasts, insurers are allowed to include hurricane deductibles in homeowners policies," the AP reported. "These amounts apply only to hurricane-caused damage, and typically range from 1 percent to 5 percent of the insured value of a home. Deductibles may …