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Nor’easter Leaves Destruction in Its Wake

What to Know

  • Sailboat in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood got loose from its mooring during the storm and came to rest on a bridge.
  • Hundreds of power outages have been reported in Cape Cod.
  • The storm will slowly subside this evening.

Chopped up tree branches are what's left after a long day cleaning up storm damage in Methuen, Massachusetts and beyond.

What's left of Hurricane Willa did damage across New England on Saturday.

Strong winds knocked a sailboat off its mooring in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood and caused thousands of power outages across Massachusetts.

Trees fell across Belgrade Avenue in Boston and Cornish Street in Methuen. They also fell onto houses, including one house on Houston Street in Methuen. 

"The wind. The wind was definitely very high."

Greg Liddy heard a loud crash next door, and later discovered a tree had fallen on his neighbor's house.

"This winter was pretty rough so this was up there with that. Probably a little worse," Liddy said. "I was very surprised."

Further up the street, another problem. Kathy Plouffe has a giant tree resting on her newly renovated home.

"We are just hoping the very top of the house and the corner isn't damaged," she said.

As cleanup continues, all she can do is watch and wait.

And while they have also lost power, she still has some perspective.

"I feel bad for the people in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover more because we will get the heat back and the cooking and what not but they won't."

Officials are grappling with the effects of the season's first Nor'easter.

For most, the region's first Nor'easter of the season didn't bring snow, but the chances of power outages and flooding increase as the day progresses.

In Harwich, more than 900 customers were without power as of 10:15 a.m. The storm threat also prompted the Town of Duxbury to close its beach and parking lots, while the harbormaster hauled out the town pier. The Duxbury 5k run was also canceled.

In Eastern Massachusetts and throughout much of Southern New England, rains dropped between an inch and two inches. Storm drains clogged with fall leaves threatened localized flooding.

The high wind warnings prompted the Steamship Authority to warn passengers to expect disruptions throughout the day.

Some snowfall was expected in the higher regions of New England.

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