March Came in Like A Lion with a Major Nor’easter – Update, March 3

A very large limb caught on live wires – Courtesy image (c) Leo Cierpial, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Eversource was on the scene Saturday afternoon – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

The Nor’easter’s impact on Bedford didn’t match its effect on coastal communities. However, shortly before noon on Friday, the weather station at Hanscom recorded a 53 mph gust. Early Friday evening, neighbors near Lane School reported a fearsome noise that was later determined to be a 59 mph gust.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service in Boston, Friday evening, March 2, was a great night to stay in. At 6 pm, NWS Boston posted “As it gets darker, it’s going to be a lot harder to see any obstructions/flooding along roadways … seriously, if you don’t have to go out tonight, stay home, stay off the roads, let first responders do their job … this is a very dangerous storm that’ll continue overnight.”

Among the dangers was a pair of toppled trees at the corner of Woodmoor Road and Fern Way. One toppled to block Fern Way, and the DPW made swift work of clearing the road.

The second tree cracked and caught on a live power line along Woodmoor. That tree is a different story: an Eversource employee has been on watch since Town crews left. Such vigilance will continue until Eversource and tree crews can rendezvous to cut power to the line and remove the dead wood.

Images in the gallery below are (c) Leo Cierpial, 2018 all rights reserved – Click twice in each image to see it at full size

While fewer than 50 Bedford households were without power during the height of the storm, that number rose to nearly 150 late on Friday evening, and remains at 147 at 5 pm on Saturday. With hundreds of thousands without power across Massachusetts, Bedford’s households are in a very long repair queue. But, by 7:15 on Saturday evening, the outage map number dropped to 37 households.

If you are without power or have a storm story to share, will you please consider sharing your news with The Bedford Citizen’s readers?

Bob Bass reported that he knows of no big damage near his home in Bedford Center, but some of the twigs and sticks buried themselves up to 6 inches into the wet ground. A downdraft, perhaps?

From Bob Dorer

Behind the Sabourin Field press box, along Railroad Ave on Saturday afternoon – Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image


Mirabile dictu: This tree fell harmlessly into the (empty!) parking lot behind Suzanne and Co instead of crashing through the roof of Teresa Deible’s Clayful Expressions pottery studio – Image (c) Suzanne Schmul Koller, 2018 all rights reserved



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