Nor'easter brings strong winds to the South Shore
SCITUATE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Coastal flood and wind warnings were in place for the South Shore on Thursday morning. In other parts of Massachusetts, the term ‘Winter Wonderland’ came to mind, but not in Scituate. There, the problems were in liquid form; rain, surf and wind.
Wednesday night, the Nor’easter washed out Scituate's Central Avenue which runs along Humarock Beach, rocks sat in the road, and fierce winds blew sea foam into the street.
High tide was a concern, expected around 6 a.m. The winds were not high, but high enough to send the foam and rocks all over the roadways, making for very tough driving.
“I think it’s really bad. I think it’s worse than the hurricane we had last week,” said Deb McNamara, a neighbor. "I had all I could to hold my car on the road."
The surf was relentless. The 5 p.m. high tide sent waves right up to the seawall in front of Elaine Stone's brand new house; her weather gauges showed sustained winds of 45 to 50 miles per hour -- gale force.
The wind knocked down trees and branches, causing power outages; thousands of NStar and National Grid customers had no electricity.
A traffic light at Route 3a and 139 in Marshfield center was dark as utility crews worked to get power restored. They eventually did, but with such strong winds, more outages were expected overnight.