Relentless nor’easter hits Island


Updated 10/11

A powerful nor’easter has cancelled ferry service and whipped up high seas for the second day in a row.

The storm has created gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour on the Cape and Islands, but despite the relentlessness of the wind there have been few reports of damage.

Paul Doherty of Vineyard Haven shared a photograph of a sailboat in Vineyard Haven Harbor that had its sail ripped to shreds by the gusts.

At the campgrounds in Oak Bluffs next to Dukes County Avenue, a tree limb struck and damaged a pickup truck.

The Island can expect heavy rainfall through Friday and even into Saturday, according to forecasts. Minor coastal flooding and significant beach erosion can be expected, according to the National Weather Service.

There is flooding in some of the usual spots, including Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

The winds will remain at gale force until late Friday, although the storm is expected to linger into Saturday.

On Thursday, a gust hit The Times office breaking off part of part of the widow’s walk.

The Permanent Endowment’s Creative Living Awards was postponed due to weather. The program, originally set for Thursday at 4:30 pm at Thimble Farm, will now take place on Monday, Oct. 21.

The state has closed the Vineyard to shellfishing due to runoff. The areas are expected to reopen Sunday, according to an email from the state Division of Marine Fisheries.

Check here for ferry cancellations.



  1. “Part of The Times office building’s windows walk broke off Thrusday morning.”

    What’s a windows walk? What day of the week is Thrusday?

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