Friday’s nor’easter tore up the East Coast with record winds and destructive storm surges. If it hadn’t been snowing in Upstate New York, the storm could have been mistaken for a hurricane.
The cleanup has begun in earnest, but new videos from Friday are still surfacing. From wicked waves in Massachusetts to trucks tipping over on bridges, they show how truly dramatic this storm was, despite not having a name.
Most of these videos are from Scituate, Mass., which is precariously located on the Massachusetts coast south of Boston but north of the protection of Cape Cod. A northeast wind — literally what nor’easters are named for — is exceptionally hard on this vulnerable stretch of coast, so it attracts photographers looking for the “worst of the storm.”
To be clear, people who live in this part of Massachusetts (anywhere south of Boston, really) are generally hardened to coastal storms. This isn’t the first time giant waves and a flooding surge have pounded the shore. But things are changing — people who have lived in the region for decades are saying storms are getting worse, according to the AP:
“We’ve been here a long time and we’ve never seen it as bad as this,” said Alex Barmashi, who lives in the hard-hit village of Sagamore Beach in Massachusetts.
Up the coast in Scituate, Becky Smith watched as ocean waters started to fill up a nearby marina’s parking lot from her vantage point at the Barker Tavern, a restaurant overlooking the harbor.
“It looks like a war zone,” she said Saturday, describing the scene in the coastal town near Boston where powerful waves dumped sand and rubble on roads and winds uprooted massive trees. “It’s a lot of debris, big rocks and pieces of wood littering the streets.”
Several large bridges on the East Coast were eventually closed Friday but not until after a few mishaps, including this truck that tipped over on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. Two other trucks tipped over Friday on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River, according to the New York Daily News.
From the Mid-Atlantic to New England, a massive cleanup is still underway after the storm. Around 2 million homes and businesses lost power, and around 300,000 of them haven’t had service restored, according to the AP.
Nine people died in the nor’easter — two of the victims were children, killed by falling trees.