Nor’easter buffets Island, causes cancellations


Updated Oct. 27 at 1:15 pm

With a nor’easter bearing down on the region, cancellations are likely today. There is extensive flooding this afternoon on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

According to Oak Bluffs Police at 1:30 pm, Sea View Avenue is closed at Canonicus Avenue until further notice due to flooding.

Ferry cancellations

The Steamship Authority has cancelled several trips so far and has issued an alert suggesting there could be more.

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And the HyLine has canceled its fast ferry service between Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard, according to a tweet.

According to a text alert from Edgartown, the Chappy ferry has resumed service.

Other cancellations

The FARM Institute’s “Barnyard boo” has been postponed until Sunday, according to a Facebook post. “Join us from 4-6 pm for a kid friendly trick or treat in our garden with our animals, s’mores, a hayride, and a Halloween craft! When the sun goes down enter our haunted barn, if you dare!”

The MV Film Center will be closed until 5 pm on Saturday due to the weather.

The previously scheduled MetOpera performance of La Fanciulla Del West at 12:55 pm is now re-scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 pm.

The Film Center will be open for the 5:30pm screening of “Tea with the Dames” and the 7:30 pm “The Old Man and the Gun.”

Norton Point is closed to vehicles, according to a text alert from Edgartown.

Heavy wind and rain expected

There’s a high wind and flood warning in effect for Martha’s Vineyard, according to the National Weather Service. The wind advisory is in effect Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.

“Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines,” the alert states. “Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult for high profile vehicles.”

The Town of Tisbury is predicting that expected flooding will close several roads, including Lagoon Pond Road, Five Corners and Water Street. Check back and we’ll fill you in.

It also could be difficult for ferries, which caused some chaos on Friday with folks trying to get off-Island ahead of the storm.

The Steamship Authority issued the following travel advisory Friday morning.

“The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

“Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, the Steamship Authority anticipates service disruptions on Saturday. The Steamship Authority is continuing to monitor the storm and will issue further travel advisories and updates as revised forecasts from the National Weather Service are released.”

For additional information on the storm please refer to

The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check its website for further updates.

To make or modify a reservation please call 508.477.8600, online at, or visit one of the terminals.

Here’s what the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is saying about the storm.

A developing nor’easter is expected to begin impacting the New England region early Saturday morning through Saturday night, with the highest impacts forecast to occur during the day on Saturday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are forecast with locally higher amounts of 2-4 inches possible, especially across southeastern Massachusetts. Northeast winds gusting to 30-45 MPH are likely across the region on Saturday, and gusts of up to 60 MPH are possible along the immediate south and southeast coasts, including the Cape and Islands.

Beach erosion and widespread minor coastal flooding is forecast along the eastern Massachusetts coast on Saturday, especially from the North Shore to coastal Plymouth County, but also including the Cape and Islands. Some more vulnerable coastal communities such as Scituate could experience pockets of low-end moderate coastal flooding. Although it is not likely at this time, more pockets of moderate coastal flooding could occur if winds and seas build up earlier than forecast. Communities along the south coast may experience a few pockets of minor coastal flooding or splashover, but impacts in this region are expected to be minimal. Flooding is not expected to occur during the high tide late Saturday night, which is about one foot lower than the Saturday afternoon high tide. Winds and seas are expected to subside Saturday night.


  • Heavy rain may result in ponding of water on roads and flooding of low-lying areas.
  • Due to saturated ground and fully leaved trees, wind gusts may cause downed trees/tree branches and isolated power outages. Areas most at risk are the Cape and Islands and Cape Ann.
  • Widespread minor coastal flooding may cause beach erosion and inundation of vulnerable shore roads. Some roads may require brief closures around the time of high tide Saturday afternoon.

Updated to include more information from MEMA. -Ed.


  1. This might be called a Nor’easter, and in fact is is one– but what is remarkable here is that this is the remnants of hurricane Willa that slammed into Mexico 3 days ago.. Think about that. A storm so powerful is crossed more than 2000 miles of land and this is what’s left.

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