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!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Today is the anniversary of Hurricane Irene's landfall in Massachusetts that left more than 250,000 customers in the dark last August and September.
A year to the day after Hurricane Irene knocked out power to much of Plymouth for nearly two weeks, NStar is challenging a $10 million fine proposed by Attorney General Martha Coakley for what she called "inadequate" responses to Irene and last October's blizzard, both of which left hundreds of thousands of customers without power. Irene left several Plymouth neighborhoods without power for nearly two weeks. Coakley’s office made the recommendation in a brief filed Aug. 7 with the Department of Public Utilities, which has the authority to impose the fine. Coakley said NSTAR failed to identify the projected severity of both storms; failed to communicate effectively with customers and municipalities and failed to respond to public safety …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
NStar officials explain lengthy outages after the August storm in days prior to October nor'easter.
Just days prior to the Halloween Nor'easter that dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas of Massachusetts and icy rain in Plymouth, causing major power outages that could last until next weekend, NStar officials attempted to explain the lengthy outages from Irene to local residents and state officials. According to WATD 95.9 FM, about 30 people attended the Department of Public Utilities hearing at Plymouth South High School last Thursday night. More than half a million NSTAR customers were without power for several days in eighty-one cities and towns, in Plymouth many residents did not get power turned on until the Saturday after the storm, seven days later. Many of those testifying at the Department of Public Utilities hearing …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Plymouth County may be one of five additional counties to become eligible for aid after assessment teams surveyed the area.
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 …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Department of Public Works will accept storm-related tree debris for a second weekend.
The Department of Public Works will accept Irene-related tree debris again behind the sewer treatment facility at 131 Camelot Drive this Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The debris will only be accepted from Plymouth residents. Only trees, stumps, limbs, brush and leaves will be accepted. No yard waste, building debris, bulky waste, appliances, electronics or commercial construction debris will be accepted.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Nearly a week after Irene's winds knocked out the power lines over Route 3, crews were repairing them Saturday.
The winds of Irene blew trees onto power on either side of Route 3 north of Summer Street. NStar re-routed transmission from east and west of the highway to restore power to residents. The lines remained dangling over the highway, with no immediate threat to traffic. Saturday, crews from Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island, set new utility poles on either side of the highway to restore the previous means of transmission. The work snarled traffic on Summer Street in both directions. Cape-bound traffic on the highway didn't notice.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
As long as we have the basics we're fine ...
HURRICANE!! Well, that’s what most every reporter and commentator on television was screaming for days. My husband and I live in the North East about a mile from the coast. The changing of weather is a common occurrence in New England. We all understand, and most of us I am sure agree, storms are to be reckoned with and should not be taken lightly. However, sometimes the media acts as though an ending of civilization is at our doorsteps. You remember the blizzard of '78? We virtually had little warning. It hit our area with vengeance and no one has ever forgotten that storms impact. We could hear the unbelievable roar of the ocean from our back door. The snowdrifts were half way up the windows and everyone had to walk to the store for milk…
Friday, September 2, 2011
The Plymouth DPW is accepting tree debris from residents Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Plymouth’s Department of Public Works is accepting vegetative debris between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 4, behind the sewage treatment plant at 131 Camelot Drive. This debris management site will have DPW attendants on site, and will only be accepting vegetative debris including trees, stumps, limbs, brush and leaves blown down by Tropical Storm Irene. This debris site will be maintained in accordance with criteria and operating conditions required by MassDEP and FEMA. No yard waste, building debris, bulky waste, appliances or electronics or commercial construction debris will be accepted at this site, only residential vegetative debris.