Stormy weather causes power outages, ferry cancellations

Chilmark was one of the towns heavily hit by power outages. —MV Times

Power outages and ferry cancellations hit the Islands the day before Thanksgiving. More than 2,000 customers were without power on the Vineyard on Wednesday morning. The majority of the outages occurred up-Island, caused by tree limbs and equipment damage, according to Eversource. 

Most of the power was restored by around 8 am, but there were still customers in Vineyard Haven, near Weaver Lane, and in Edgartown, near Sutton’s Way, who were without power. 

“With the potential for strong winds to persist throughout the day,” Eversource spokesperson William Hinkle told The Times on Wednesday, “we know this is an important time for our customers with the Thanksgiving holiday, and in preparation for this storm, we sent additional crews to Martha’s Vineyard yesterday to support restoration efforts. We remind customers to please report any outage if they experience one, and to stay as far away as possible from any downed lines, and to assume that they are energized.”

Meanwhile, the Steamship Authority (SSA) trips were hit by the rocky weather. 

Weather conditions caused delays and multiple cancellations on the Martha’s Vineyard route, and nearly half of the ferries on the Nantucket route were canceled. 

According to the SSA, those booked for travel on a canceled trip would be accommodated on a “space-available basis.” The SSA said that change and cancellation fees were being waived for all travel booked for Wednesday. 


  1. Can we just remove the Steamship Vineyard representative and get the board to fire the Manager ? The fact that standby lasts for hours everyday now isn’t enough for Steamship to put back in.service another ferry during the off season?

    • Yes we can! By voting for County Commissioners who will fire the the Board of Governors who will fire the the Manager.
      When will Tim Greer run for County Commissioner? It’s a lot more work than making negative comments.
      How much of a fare increase are you willing to absorb to insure no standby lines are nolonger than an hour?

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