SSA resumes service as Hermine begins to inch west and diminish

Steamship Authority service to Martha's Vineyard resumed Tuesday.

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Updated 6:30 pm, Tuesday

From the National Weather Service: Early this morning Hermine was about 100 miles south of Block Island and inching west. The storm will slow to near stationary and continue to diminish. This will result in off-and-on showers and gusty wind for the region today into Wednesday … mostly for the south coast. Winds should trend lower through midweek. With Hermine`s end, the summer pattern returns. An overall mild and muggy pattern over the weekend into next week, but with a series of cold fronts sweeping the region, anticipated chances of wet weather followed by an usherance of cooler and drier air.

On Monday, the Mass Emergency Management Agency reported a wind gust of 58 miles per hour recorded on Nantucket at 11:23 AM.
Edgartown reported a 47 MPH gust at 11:09 am.
The Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard reported a 42 MPH gust at 11 AM.

Nantucket recorded a wind gust of 58 MPH at 12 PM. Edgartown reported a wind gust of 53 MPH Gust at 1:02 PM. Aquinnah reported a 56 MPH wind gust at 1:57 PM.

The high sustained winds were: Nantucket, 43 MPH at 11:31 AM; Aquinnah, 41 MPH at 2:21 PM; and Edgartown, 39 MPH at 12:13 PM.

Periods of rain and wind may linger into Tuesday or Wednesday. Very warm and humid conditions will follow Hermine later this week.

SSA sailed on most of Monday

The Steamship Authority resumed service Tuesday to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on a trip-by-trip basis. The boatline operated most of Monday, finally suspending service about 6 pm. All Oak Bluffs service is diverted to Vineyard Haven Tuesday.

The ferry Martha’s Vineyard departed from Vineyard Haven at 8:15 am, Monday with a full load. Initially, there were fewer than two rows of vehicles in the reservation lanes for the normally busy time slot but vehicles straggling in filled the empty spots and she left port with one open space on her freight deck.

Station manager Leigh Cormier said Sunday was very busy. It appears that many Island visitors left early.

Monday morning, the Steamship Authority announced it had temporarily suspended its ferry service on the Nantucket route “due to high winds and rough seas.”

Current conditions and trip status may be viewed at steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/status.

To make or modify a reservation call 508-477-8600, or go to steamshipauthority.com or visit one of the terminals.

Alternate ferry service

The Island Queen, HyLine and Seastreak have announced service suspensions.

The Island Queen, which provides seasonal passenger ferry service between Falmouth and Oak Bluffs, suspended Tuesday service. For more information, visit islandqueen.

HyLine announced service from Hyannis to the islands is suspended Tuesday. For more information visit HyLine.

Seastreak, which provides service between New Bedford and the islands, announced that Seastreak has suspended service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket until the New Bedford hurricane barrier re-opens. For more information go to seastreak.com/.

For additional ferry information: Rhode Island Fast Ferry service: vineyardfastferry.com/

For additional information on the storm refer to the National Hurricane Center.

Beware rip currents

Dangerous rip currents, rough surf and building seas will affect the southern New England coast and coastal waters through Wednesday.

Today: A chance of showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Breezy, with an east wind 18 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8pm, then patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.