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Blizzard of 2015

The storm left more than 30 inches of snow in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties and dropped 24.6 inches in Boston, making it the sixth-biggest snowstorm in the city since 1935.

      The National Weather Service reports the latest snowfall total in the city of Boston is 20.8 inches.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 6:11:39 PM

      M Street Beach in South Boston on Tuesday (Jim O'Sullivan/Globe Staff)

      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 6:37:21 PM
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 7:53:24 PM

      Blizzard advice from @SpokeWineBar in Davis Square: release your inner child today #BOSnow @universalhub

      Video from Easton snowplow truck

      Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 1/27/2015 8:13:17 PM

      This home on Ocean St. In #Marshfield was devastated by the storm & another high tide is on the way. #blizzardof2015

      In the days and weeks that follow this blizzard, local insurance companies and agents say they expect to receive a torrent of phone calls as homeowners, businesses and drivers try to recoup their losses from snow, wind, and water damage.

      Fallen limbs hitting cars and garages, burst pipes, roof damage from the snow, flooding and car accidents are among the most common claims filed after severe winter weather, and this blizzard will likely be no different, said Thomas Skelly, the past chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents and vice president with Deland, Gibson Insurance Associates in Wellesley.

      “We’ll see these claims,” Skelly said. Some clients, he added, may not realize the damage caused by the blizzard, such as water damage to inside walls, until weeks later when the snow starts to melt.

      Skelly, insurance agents and companies such as Liberty Mutual and Commerce Insurance closed local offices on Tuesday. But many had information on their websites about how to make a claim. They also were checking voicemails or directing customers to service centers in parts of the country unaffected by the blizzard.

      Liberty Mutual, for example, has claims service offices in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado and Washington to handle initial customer calls, said Glenn Greenburg, a company spokesman.

      Powerful winter storms that have occurred frequently in recent years are triggering more insurance claims at higher costs across the country. Last year, winter weather was blamed for 15 percent of automobile, home, and business insurance claims in the United States, more than double the 20-year average of 6.7 percent, according to the Insurance Information Institute, an industry group based in New York City.

      --Deirdre Fernandes

      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 8:20:36 PM

      The latest storm radar image from the National Weather Service

      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 9:08:53 PM

      Where are the power outages?

      Around 4 p.m. there were 31,220 outages in Massachusetts, according to the state’s utility companies. The problems have been concentrated on the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands, though many people have lost their electric connections in other parts of the state.

      The hardest hit areas include Nantucket, where there are more than 11,000 outages (86 percent of customers), and Provincetown, which has more than 5,500 outages (97 percent).

      To track the issues, check the Globe’s power outage map.

      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 9:13:04 PM
      Earlier today Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen joined us to answer your questions about the storm. There were many we just couldn't get to, and others that you've asked over the course of the day. We'll be answering those over the next hour-- everything from when the T and schools will reopen to what's happening with flooding. If there's something you need to know about the storm that we haven't included, ask us and we'll try and get the answer for you. And if you missed Nick's chat earlier, it's archived here.
      laura.amico 1/27/2015 9:13:24 PM
      Here are the latest power outage numbers from NStar: 19,900 outages are reported statewide, with 5,500 in Provincetown, 3,200 in Hyannis, and 1,400 in Plymouth.

      --Travis Andersen
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 9:18:12 PM
      Weather update from New Hampshire

      In New Hampshire, snow squalls continued throughout the day Tuesday. Total accumulation was about two feet in the southern tier. The central and northern parts of the state saw significantly less snow, about 6 to 12 inches in most areas.

      Nashua had 30 inches by 5:30 p.m., and the snow was still falling, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Me. The town of Litchfield in Hillsborough County also had 30 inches.

      Meteorologist John Cannon said New Hampshire could see another two inches of snow overnight, and Maine another three to four, but local totals could vary because of narrow bands of heavy snow.

      Parts of southeastern Maine, in York County, had up to two feet of snow by late afternoon, Cannon said.

      “And it’s still snowing pretty hard, so it’s possible we could have some locations in Maine with 30 inches as well,” he said.

      Cannon said Jeffreys Ledge, a shallow band off the coast stretching from Rockport to just south of Cape Elizabeth, saw waves of 30 feet and storm force winds, 50 knots or higher.

      Coastal flooding was not a major problem in northern New England, he said, but some areas experienced erosion due to wave action.

      The Portsmouth Herald reported that about 100 people showed up for a pop-up snowball fight in Market Square in downtown Portsmouth. The revelers, the paper said, headed to a downtown bar after about 45 minutes of fun.

      --Catherine Cloutier
      Carli Velocci 1/27/2015 11:35:39 PM
      Attn. Chatham residents: Shelter (pet friendly) at Cape Tech (Harwich) is open. If you need sheltering assistance, call CPD. 508-945-1213.
      An update on the snow-related closing of MIT:

      To Members of the MIT Campus Community,

      As you know, the Institute is currently closed due to the snowstorm that began last night.

      In order to allow time for clean-up, the Institute will remain closed until 5 PM on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Evening shift employees scheduled to work on Wednesday who normally start before 5:00 are due to report to work at 5:00 pm.

      This information is also being posted to the MIT homepage MIT's Emergency Page and the MIT Snow Line (617-253-7669.)

      Thank you for your attention to this message.
      Carli Velocci 1/28/2015 1:43:17 AM
      #Harvard will resume operations tomorrow; classes as scheduled for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences @thecrimson
      Worcester broke its all-time record snowfall with 33.5" as of 7 PM, beating 33.0" set back on April 1, 1997. Records kept there since 1905.
      Storm-Total Snowfalls (as of 7 pm): BOS 23.3" / BDL 7.5" / PVD 18.5" / BOX 19.3" (ORH 31" as of 3 pm)
      The @NWSBoston confirmed that the storm met all the qualities to be categorized as a blizzard:
      Far fewer residents than expected lost power. High tides did not cause widespread, devastating damage. And no deaths or serious injuries were reported by Tuesday night in a storm that moved steadily up the Top 10 list of the worst storms in Boston as the snow piled higher.

      Read: A sense of relief as region digs out
      Andrew Tran, 1/28/2015 12:08:04 PM

      There were about 11,000 power outages across Massachusetts by 7 a.m. 
      [More details

      Andrew Tran, 1/28/2015 12:12:27 PM
      Hospitals took extraordinary measures — and faced tough choices — as New England was frozen into place Tuesday by howling winds and relentless snowfall.

      From ferrying patients home in four-wheel-drive vans to fashioning temporary rooms out of waiting areas, hospital administrators got creative. Read more from Carolyn Johnson.
      Andrew Tran, 1/28/2015 12:13:03 PM
      #MBTA has some commuter line cancellations and a spate of bus and rapid transit delays #blizzardof2015 #BOSnow
      #MBTA Buses: All Bus Rts currently experiencing delays due to weather-related issues. Pls allow extra commuting time:
      #MBTA Subway: All lines experiencing delays due to weather-related issues. Pls allow extra commute time:

      South Boston residents began the long process of digging out their cars this morning. #bosnow

      By Wednesday morning, most people in Nantucket – which went completely dark during the blizzard – had their power back on, according to the police chief.

      “We got about 60 to 70 percent of the power restored, and they’re still working on it,” said Chief William Pittman, who said he expected to have nearly complete restoration by the end of the day. “Some houses where the connection was lost at the house — we have to search all those out — many are unoccupied. It’s possible that maybe 5 percent of the houses will be a few days away.

      The police department scrambled Tuesday to check on residents and transport people to shelters and hospitals on the island, a summer haven for the wealthy with a small population of year-round residents. The overnight hours were quiet, said Pittman.

      Police have begun getting calls from people who live in remote areas with small, unplowed roads, who are running out of fuel for their generators.

      Flooding damage was minimal from the storm, Pittman said, though a handful of homes had water rise above the foundation and into their living areas.

      The island is working with the Coast Guard to do a flyover damage assessment to check for people in remote areas who might need help.

      Pittman said he had lived on the island for 10 years, and it was worst storm he has seen, though others on the island have told him that summer storms have brought worse damage because they smash boats, sending debris flying through the air.

      --Evan Allen

      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 4:05:00 PM
      More storm updates from Cape Cod:
      • By Wednesday morning, Provincetown had its power back, said a fire dispatcher.

      • In Chatham, police and fire dispatchers said they did not respond to major issues overnight.

      • In Sandwich, there were no major storm-related issues, according to officials, but there were about 1,200 customers without power as of 10:20 a.m., according to the NStar website.

      --Evan Allen

      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 4:07:32 PM
      Our massive effort continues to assist customers still impacted by snowstorm. We expect substantially complete power restoration tonight.
      Today MEMA is coordinating with communities across the state to assess damages & impacts from #MAsnow #blizzardof2015

      Jennifer Bruno tried to salvage some belongings after #blizzardof2015 destroyed her #Marshfield apartment

      Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will provide an update about the city's blizzard cleanup in a couple minutes.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:00:14 PM

      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:05:18 PM
      Walsh: In the city of Boston, the winter storm Juno was a historic event. The meteorologists were right on with their predictions for the city of Boston. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:09:19 PM
      Walsh asks for patience when it comes to street clearing. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:09:41 PM
      Walsh thanks residents who stayed home today and employers who allowed their employees to work from home.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:10:07 PM
      In the city of Boston, 800,000 miles of streets plus hydrants and schools. Crews are going out to clear all of them, says the mayor
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:10:45 PM
      Walsh said the announcement about whether Boston schools will be open Thursday will be made later this evening. He says he hopes the schools will be open.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:11:54 PM
      Walsh echoes his point from last night: Do not shovel your snow onto the streets. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:12:49 PM
      "We continue to err on the side of caution," says Walsh. 

      He urges pedestrians not to walk on the streets. If they must, Walsh asks that they take out their headphones.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:14:16 PM
      Low temperatures present a new danger, says Walsh. The shelters will be continue to be open around the clock. The homeless census has been postponed.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:15:26 PM
      Walsh: "I ask you to be patience. We are taking your requests, we're putting them into the computer, and we will get to your street."

      Walsh reports the Mayor's hotline received 3,200 calls on Monday, 4,300 on Tuesday, and he expects today's number to be double that.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:17:14 PM

      Utility crews lined Ocean Street in Marshfield Wednesday morning, trying to restore electricity as officials sought to assess the damage from a seawall breach in the Brant Rock section of town.

      Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 1/28/2015 5:18:31 PM
      Mike Dennehy, Department of Public Works: Our intent is to remove all the snow from the Boston Public Schools and their bus stops.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:18:33 PM
      Dennehy said the city will be using snow melters and two snow farms to remove the snow from Boston streets. The next steps are widening the streets, salting the streets, and getting rid of the snow, he says.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:19:59 PM
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