Southern New England experienced a wet, gray Saturday as Red Sox fans recovered from an epic loss in a record World Series game that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
The scum of Hurricane Willa brought heavy rains, floods, and widespread blackouts to the area, but by noon, according to the National Weather Service in Norton, residents had no major problems by the afternoon.
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Boston area temperatures were close to 50 degrees on Saturday afternoon and were expected to move into this area overnight and until Sunday morning, before heading into the '50s, according to the Weather Service.
The winds reached their peaks by the afternoon and should gradually slide off into the evening, according to another weather forecaster, Bill Simpson. The heaviest rain should end at 8 pm, Simpson said.
Wind gusts of 40 miles per hour or more were reported in many coastal areas, with the highest winds reported at Wellfleet, where they reached 70 miles per hour.
A strong wind warning applied to Cape Cod and the islands until 19 o'clock with 20 to 30 miles per hour winds and gusts up to 50 miles per hour. "Strong winds can blow off limbs, trees and power lines. Isolated power failures are expected," wrote the forecasters. In the afternoon, nearly 16,000 electrical customers across the state were de-energized, including more than 1,800 customers in Boston, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
The failures were spread over communities throughout the state, from Hancock to Truro. The weather service logged several reports of crashed trees across the state.
Simpson said on Saturday "a few thunderclaps" in the area, but "that's mostly a rain shower."
Snow and sleet were reported in the foothills of the Berkshires, Simpson said, mostly above about 1,500 feet in height. The first snow of the season was observed in Rowe, in the northwestern part of the state, before 7 am after the meteorological service.
When the tide came on Saturday afternoon in Boston, only a few stopped at the edge of the harbor, although small crowds stopped in sheltered areas such as the entrance to the MBTA aquarium.
Cars injected pedestrians waiting to cross Atlantic Avenue. Long Wharf looked almost deserted.
Sean Murray, 54, worked in the shed-covered park bench of the Chart House on Long Wharf, where the seawater poured over the sidewalk. The 20-year-old veteran of the stand, dressed in waterproof clothing from head to toe, said he had become accustomed to being surrounded by rising tides.
"Things have been getting worse over the past year," said Murray, a resident of Saugus. He said workers have also been flooded in the cabin where the Wisconsin-Northwestern football game was played on an old Sharp TV.
"I should have been wearing my winter rain boots, with them as soon as it's over the laces …" He said and switched off, a party in the waterfront restaurant caused a lot of excitement, and three women came out to get their cars
"Hold on," Murray said, stepping off the platform into the ankle-deep water.
Further down the dock, Mark Horbag, 39, waded in LL-Bean boots shortly after high tide. but he had never been on the wharf before, he said, "I wanted to see the power of nature."
"It's impressive, I think. The weather here is much more extreme than in Europe. It's changing faster, "said Horbag, originally from the Netherlands.
Another European, Kieran Clavin, installing storm windows near Tia's restaurant, disapproved of Clavin's reference to his native Ireland "It's not even heavy rain there," he said.
And it could be worse, he said. "At least it's not the white stuff."
The end of October is the normal one Beginning of the northeast season, but the Saturday storm was unusual because, according to Buttrick, it emerged as a mighty Category 5 Hurricane Willa in the Pacific.
The Weather Service had issued a storm warning for Boston Harbor, where cruise ships and tankers arrived on Saturday Buttrick said.
The Steamship Authority reported 3-meter-high seas off Cape Cod and winds at 40 knots or about 46 knots miles per hour, at 8 o'clock, said the We on Twitter.
The agency canceled seven trips based on conditions from 8:35 am to noon and began shipping ships "on a trip-for-trip", it said on their website.
Several high-speed ferries from Hyannis to Nantucket were canceled on Saturday, Hy-line Cruises said on Twitter, and Martha's Vineyard service was canceled for the entire day.