Home‘One of the worst storms I’ve seen’: Power outages can last for days after strong winds hit Cape Cod – Boston news, weather, sports

‘One of the worst storms I’ve seen’: Power outages can last for days after strong winds hit Cape Cod – Boston news, weather, sports

Barnstable, Cluster. (WHDH) — Cape Cod’s blackout could last several days after strong winds battered the area on Wednesday as sea light hit Bay State.

People in the Cape were unable to refuel their cars because relentless gusts of wind knocked out power at many gas stations.

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Motorists running out of fuel can be seen lining up at gas stations in the Sagamore Bridge area as they hoped to restore power.

In Sandwich, more than 94 percent of the city was without power at the height of the storm, including Stop & Shop, which was running backup generators.

“I’ve been here for about seven years, and this is one of the worst storms I’ve seen,” said Sandwich Harborma manager Mick Dunning. “Lots of trees down, in rows in the neighborhood.”

Dunning urged residents to stay indoors due to the damaging winds and many power lines outage.

“This is definitely not something to fiddle with. I will stay home, stay out of the roads, and let everyone do their jobs.”

Norster peak winds reached 80 mph in some parts of the cape. Waves of water can also be seen smashing sea walls in some communities.

At Barnstable, large trees uprooted power lines and blocked roads. At some point during a storm, a woman was left trapped in her car.

Utility crews in the area said the damage was similar to a hurricane.

“People need to remember that the storm is not over and crews are working to make sure the roads and other infrastructure are safe,” Governor Charlie Baker said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

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A significant portion of the more than 465,000 power outages in the Bay State are located in the Cape, the South Coast and the South Shore. More than 200 line crews were dispatched to that area alone.

It is not clear when power will be restored in the area because crews need to wait for the winds to calm down before they can board bucket trucks to repair the lines.

A shelter has been opened at Barnstable Middle School to help people who are powerless and who have nowhere else to go.

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