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Islanders are waking up Wednesday morning to widespread power outages and ferry cancellations as a powerful nor’easter continues to unleash wind gusts that exceeded 90 mph at the Chappy Ferry.
According to the National Weather Service tweet, the Chappy Ferry reported a wind gust of 94 mph. “This remains an extremely dangerous nor’easter to our region,” the tweet states.
The Steamship Authority website is down, but a Twitter post indicates that ferry service to and from the Vineyard has been suspended until further notice. “The storm is continuing to bring high winds to the area,” the tweet states. “Travel on the roads is extremely dangerous, so please do not attempt to come to our terminals.”
In a message to parents, schools Supt. Matt D’Andrea said schools would be closed Wednesday. “Due to high winds and dangerous weather conditions, MVYPS schools are closed today, Wednesday, October 27. All afterschool activities are also canceled.”
Meanwhile, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, after initially announcing a delayed opening, is now saying it will remain closed on Wednesday.
Edgartown issued an alert closing town hall and the library, and Tisbury has also closed all of its town offices.
As of 5:45 am, there were scattered power outages all across the Island, according to the Eversource outage map.
West Tisbury Police report on their Facebook page that there are downed trees on Old County Road, Lambert’s Cove Road, State Road, and that roads “may be impassable in different locations.” The highway department, fire department, MassDOT, and Eversource all have crews out working to “clean up and fix any issues,” according to the post. “Please be patient.”
In a similar post, Edgartown Police report a low-hanging wire that is obstructing traffic on North Water Street near Mayhew Lane. “Right now, no vehicle or pedestrian traffic can safely pass,” the post states. “Multiple streets have branches and limbs down. There is also some street flooding around town. The Edgartown highway department is already hard at work clearing debris from the roadways.”
Aquinnah Police report that trees are down on South Road, Middle Road, and North Road in Chilmark.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Dukes County. Tree damage and power outages are expected, as well as some coastal flooding.