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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.

      Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 1/27/2015 5:16:14 PM
      Gov. Charlie Baker will provide a snowstorm update in the next few minutes.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:16:37 PM

      View from the rumbling cab of a city snowplow about to roll out. Look out Comm. Ave! We're comin' at ya.

      Baker: Travel ban lifted in Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties. Ban persists on Massachusetts Pike.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:21:46 PM
      The drifting continues to be problem, says Baker. He urges people to look in on their neighbors.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:23:42 PM
      If you have transportation or shelter questions, call 211.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:24:16 PM
      Baker says he expects the T to remain down today.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:24:39 PM
      Baker: For now, the Eastern Mass. piece of the travel ban needs to remain in place.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:25:27 PM
      The utility provider on Nantucket was able to stage a generator to get power back up on Nantucket. There's a shelter operating on Nantucket with space available. Nantucket Hospital is fully operational. It looks possible that in the next 24 hours power will be restored on Nantucket.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:26:52 PM
      Baker: "I don't think people feel that this point that (the damage) is much beyond what would be typical of this kind of storm."
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:27:57 PM
      Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT: In 2013, MassDOT spent $20 million on the storm in February 2013.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:29:13 PM
      Baker: "The compliance with the travel ban has been quite high." There have been several incidents of citations and summons.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:30:38 PM
      Baker: "This is clearly a very big storm for most of Massachusetts. I'm glad we had a little bit of advance warning to plan for it."
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:32:23 PM
      Baker: "I certainly think it will be a slow start for everyone tomorrow morning."
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:32:47 PM
      Karyn Polito: "If you're home, stay home. There's nothing to see out there."
      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:41:23 PM

      Mostly just plows police and fire out on Comm. Ave. also some college kids with a pack of Coors Light.

      Even during peak of storm, Back Bay abuzz with those hard at work.

      Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 1/27/2015 5:54:02 PM via YouTube

      A couple who went wave-watching here just before high tide early Tuesday had a close call when a powerful wave flipped their car into the Eel River, Plymouth Fire Chief Edward Bradley said.

      The two people were parked by a sea wall at Plymouth Long Beach on Route 3A about 3 a.m. when the surging water swallowed their car and pushed it into the adjacent river, the chief said.

      Luckily for the pair, a Plymouth police cruiser showed up minutes afterward to check the area, responding to a plow driver’s report of rising water.

      The officer “thought he heard screaming,” Bradley said, and called the Fire Department.

      Soon after, the couple emerged from the woods, rattled, soaked, and suffering from exposure.

      They were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth.

      The car has not been recovered.

      Flooding along that section of Route 3A damaged the Pilgrim Sands Motel and forced 12 guests to move to a shelter, the fire chief said. Waves driven by 55-mile-per-hour wind gusts crashed over the roof of the hotel, resulting in considerable water damage inside.

      --Jenna Russell

      Catherine Cloutier 1/27/2015 5:54:49 PM
      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. 
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      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
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