Monster Nor’easter causes massive damage in Kingston; more snow possible by Thursday
KINGSTON- As life returns to normal for many on the South Shore, thousands are still in the dark in neighborhoods from Quincy to Cape Cod as crews manage to clear hundreds of downed trees and restore power to areas most disrupted by Winter Storm Nemo; an epic blizzard which dumped more than 2 feet of snow on Southeastern New England, swirling up hurricane-force winds and leaving over a hundred Kingstonians displaced.
Many, like the Augello family on Tarklin Road, who were without power for 47 hours, huddled around seldom-used fireplaces to keep warm. Others, like Dalton family on Silver Lake Drive, evacuated to the homes of juiced-up relatives.
Work crews in Kingston labored night and day over the weekend to clear downed trees and abandoned vehicles from side streets, including a snowplow on Indian Pond Drive; which had been rendered unusable after a tree crashed into the cab of the vehicle during the height of the storm on Friday night and early Saturday morning, blocking the road.
KingstonJournal.com was not able to confirm the wellbeing of the snowplow driver on Indian Pond Road.
Kingston officials responded to the wide-spread power outages and devastation by organizing an emergency shelter for residents without power at the Kingston Intermediate School. Both State Representative Tom Calter and Selectwoman Susan Munford were on hand to greet displaced citizens into the overnight shelter.
Munford reported that 110 Kingston residents were using the shelter as temperatures dipped well-below freezing during the night following the storm.
By early Tuesday morning, thousands of South Shore residents remained without power, including nearly a fifth of Kingston and almost half of Duxbury, according to NSTAR.
As of Monday afternoon, nearly 48 hours after the snow had stopped, some streets in Kingston, such as Westerly Ave., remained completely inaccessible, blocked by fallen trees and downed power lines.
Silver Lake Regional Schools will remain closed into Tuesday as the cleanup continues, this as the National Weather Service issues predictions for an additional several inches of snow by Thursday to add to the nearly foot of snow still remaining on the ground.
Nearly two feet of snow fell on Kingston this weekend during a 18 hour period, stretching from Friday night to Saturday afternoon, falling at the rate of nearly 3 inches an hour at times, as winds gusted to nearly 80 m.p.h.
Forecasts for Winter Storm Nemo led Massachusetts to issue the first statewide travel ban since the Blizzard of 1978, lasting 24 hours from 4 p.m. February 8th to February 9th.
The February Nor’easter also caused widespread damage along the South Shore coastline, breaching the seawall in Scituate and flooding roads along Duxbury Beach. Several homes were also destroyed along Whitehorse Beach in Plymouth.
The storm surge from Nemo, recorded at over 4 feet in Boston, was the fourth highest on record.
Boston also recorded 24.9 inches of snow, the fifth most significant snowfall in the city’s recorded history.
According to NSTAR, power is expected to be fully restored to Kingston by Thursday.
As of Tuesday night, KingstonJournal.com offices on Winter Street were still without electricity.