The Athenor was one of three boats (and the remains of a dock) that wound up on Wollaston Beach today as the storm howled through Quincy Bay, kicking up whitecaps and attacking the foolhardy few who braved the beach with stinging sand. Read more.
Robin Kirkpatrick snapped the newly snapped tree in Adams Park in Roslindale Square after the storm.
Somebody is not going to be very happy when they get home to Trenton Street in East Boston today, Josh Deering shows us.
High winds are wreaking havoc across the area. Joseph Couture looked out his window to see Boylston Street shut between Jersey and Kilmarnock streets in the Fenway around 7:40 p.m. - as firefighters went to the top of one of the street's construction sites to secure loose items the wind was threatening to send flying.
Fire commanders gave the OK shortly after 8 to re-open the street.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Boston for 3-10 p.m.:
WINDS...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH. ...
IMPACTS...WIND GUSTS MAY BE STRONG ENOUGH TO KNOCK DOWN TREE LIMBS AND A FEW POWER LINES...POSSIBLY CAUSING ISOLATED POWER DISRUPTIONS.
Trees weren't the only things the nor'easter winds were pushing around overnight. Josh Ormsby reports on his commute along Quincy Shore Drive this morning:
On my way to work I came upon this sad sight. Wind and waves had combined to drive these boats on to Wollaston Beach. Little damage was apparent and a couple of the owners were on hand to figure out what to do next.
Data compiled from citizen reports to the Mayor's Hotline and Citizen Connect for Oct 23-24. Click on a dot or scroll through the list under the map for details. Map may take a moment to come up.
And it's crashing trees all over the place. As of 7:10 p.m., Washington Street in Jamaica Plain is blocked in both directions by a tree that came down near Montebello. Memorial Drive near Harvard Square is also down to no lanes thanks to a downed tree.
And people in Smart Cars, Fiats and other tiny little boxes might want to think twice before heading out. Christine reports it's so windy on 95 north of the city that "cars are almost hitting each other."
Mediacrity reports she was at her desk when she head a loud noise outside and ran to her window in time to see a worker at Pavement Coffeehouse on Boylston Street in the Fenway struggling with a patio umbrella in a fierce wind.
Sarah Connors surveyed the scene on Charles Street this afternoon, after the wind detached some tree limbs and gravity brought them crashing to the ground - except where cars where in the way.
Ari Ofsevit photographed a woman who might very well be a member of the Beacon Hill Historical Commission pondering whether the tree might have been on the ground long enough to qualify for historic protection (or maybe not):
Across the area, the wind is pulling down tree limbs and power lines.Kenny Jervis photographed a tree and a light pole that came down on cars at K and E. 7 streets in South Boston.
Lori Magno had no choice but to stop on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester Center due to a wind-driven pole this morning.
Boston Harbor Beacon notes the storm meant some 20-foot-high waves in the outer harbor:
Boston Light in the foreground, Graves Light in the distance. I took it at Fort Revere in Hull this morning.
Because if this had been a real storm, the North End Christmas tree would probably be on the other side of the Greenway by now.
Amy B. snapped nature's fury, in the form of blown-over barriers around the menorah erected in Copley Square.
Meanwhile, Elyse Ryan posts the rules to the Boston Umbrella Game:
Walk Boston w/ Umbrella, Rules: Don't let umbrella flip inside out. Boss level: Back Bay side streets.
Instant fail: umbrella flips in front of a line of watching taxis or crossing a busy intersection.
UPDATE: NWS high-wind warning now goes into effect at 4 a.m. And now only lasts until 1 p.m., but wind gusts could hit 60 m.p.h.
Now that there has been a green issues forum that most of the candidates for Mayor attended, I have to feel some vindication about my idea to press for these things several years ago. A prophet is not appreciated in his hometown. The placement of solar and/or wind power generators on the roofs of City of Boston owned buildings was suggested, and I brought that issue up on Twitter several months ago.