After months of hurricane-season hype, the storm that actually managed to do some damage to the area was perhaps the least promoted by the nation’s weather forecast reporting machine.
From about 8:00 pm Sunday night, October 29, until Monday afternoon, October 30, the wind and water took a toll on the Tri-Town region, from boats beached in Mattapoisett to leaves, limbs, and branches – along with power outage reports – piling up all throughout the three towns.
Several roads were closed as trees knocked down power lines. In Mattapoisett, North Street was closed for hours between Crystal Spring Road and the Rochester town line due to live wires down in the street. The Mattapoisett Police reported live wires on fire in the middle of Crystal Spring Road.
Tri-Town schools were closed on Monday due to power outages and road closures.
The Tri-Town area got anywhere from 2 to 2.5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. A gust of 62 mph was reported in Wareham, and one above hurricane strength, 72 mph, was documented on West Island in Fairhaven.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Phillipe provided the energy for a storm forming in the path of Southern New England to strengthen, bringing with it coastal damage and erosion, along with property and tree damage before letting loose on Monday evening.
As of 6:00 pm Tuesday night, roughly 20% of Tri-Town households were still without electricity – 6% of Marion, 6% of Mattapoisett, and about 8% of Rochester remained in the dark.
By Jean Perry