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.
Overnight data shows Hurricane Joaquin possibly shifting away from landfall in the Carolinas or the mid-Atlantic, with one model showing a possible direct hit on Long Island and southern New England instead, the National Hurricane Center says in its latest advisory. But the center cautions it's still too early to say that for sure and notes a traditionally reliable computer model still shows the storm blowing out to sea. It adds the current heavy rains means the potential for flooding even if the storm's center remains over water.
The National Hurricane Center's latest cone of probability shows the storm maybe hitting the Carolinas or the mid-Atlantic states rather than New England, but given all the rain we're getting, we might be in for some flooding should it get within a few hundred miles of us. A 5 p.m. update by the hurricane center says: Read more.
George shows us what it was like on the Mass. Turnpike outbound around 11:45 this morning.
A concerned citizen who doubles as a Boston parking-enforcement officer posted a photo of a rain-filled pothole on Tremont Street this morning:
HERE IS THE POTHOLE I STEPPED INTO WHILE I WAS GOING TO GIVE A UPS TRUCK A TICKET IN NO STOPPING AT 145 TREMONT ST ALONG WITH THIS PICTURE I'M PUTTING UP 3 PICTURES OF MY RIGHT FOOT SWOLLEN AND BRUISED.
Ed. note: The online 311 system only allows for one photo, so, no, you can't see photos of his/her swollen right foot.
Adrienne M. shows us the tree that fell across Raymond Street in Lower Allston tonight.
We're no longer in the five-day cone-of-probability for Tropical Storm Joaquin, so let's worry about the torrential downpours that mean flood watches for the area roughly north and west of 128 tonight through Thursday.
Eric Fisher at WBZ says don't count Joaquin outjust yet:
Everyone from North Carolina to New England should pay extremely close attention to Joaquin. There will be flooding regardless, but a near pass or landfall could allow areas to blast into the double digits for rainfall with ease. Iâ€™m not seeing a situation where *someone* on the East Coast doesnâ€™t get soaked in flood waters. The pattern almost guarantees it. The trick is figuring out where. And in the meantime make sure your sump pumps are in working order!
Julie Ciollo notes it was a little foggy in the Back Bay this morning.
A tropical depression currently called just 11 might, maybe, possibly, bring heavy rains and high winds to the Boston area this weekend. We're currently in cone of probability for the storm, which could become Tropical Storm Joaquin tomorrow, if its winds get above 35 m.p.h. But National Hurricane Center forecasters currently aren't really sure of the storm's exact track and intensity yet.
Tanya Kutasz shows us the low clouds over Boston this morning.
Jessica Burko shows us the view towards downtown from Roslindale around 1 p.m. She called them "a giant sky quilt wanting to snuggle" (so maybe she's tired, while I'm hungry).
The Boston Public Works Department plans to receive a 3,000-ton shipment of salt tomorrow morning at its Frontage Road storage area as it begins to build up its salt stockpiles in preparation for the W word.
Plow blades headed our way.
Ari Ofsevit spotted this truck in New Hampshire heading south today.
Robert Orthman was forced to deal with this sight at the West Roxbury Home Depot this morning.
Erica Mattison watched some clouds that obviously mean business roll over what used to be the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills around 3:40 p.m.
We came out of the Halfway Cafe on Washington Street in Dedham around 3:05 p.m. to the sound of thunder - even though it was still sunny overhead. But when we looked north, into Boston, we saw the city covered by an ominous cloud.