Deja vu nor’easter’s tide, surge rival january blizzard local news gas pressure definition chemistry

“(But) the next (high tide late Friday night) will be worse than the first, and the one after that could be at least as bad as what we’ve seen so far,” Smith added. Public safety and public works crews were gearing up for the day’s second high tide at 11:46 p.m., with a third high tide within the storm’s expected duration due Saturday at 12:05 p.m.

Other Gloucester streets shut down by flooding as high tide approached and then roared through included Essex Avenue from Bond Street to Kent Circle, a portion of Commercial Street, and Nautilus Road above the city’s scenic but turbulent Back Shore.

Meanwhile, a set of three separate power lines downed by a fallen tree at Western and Hesperus avenues around 2 p.m. Friday sparked fires from all three lines, forcing a shutdown of a portion of Hesperus and, among other things, causing a re-routing of some Gloucester school buses bound for Magnolia.

If residents lose power and need assistance, the Cape Ann YMCA at 71 Middle St. is opening its doors throughout the weekend to provide free access to anyone needing a hot shower, or to charge electronics in the event of an outage. The Y was open until 9:30 Friday night, then will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Essex, a woman was trapped in a car when a tree fell, bringing down live wires with it, landing on top of the vehicle on Apple Street around 1 p.m., police Chief Peter G. Silva reported. Another motorist stopped to help but was waved back by rescue personnel, he said.

A large metal storage container and a shrink-wrapped boat, still attached to its trailer, are tied up to the Main Street Causeway seawall on Friday afternoon. The boat and container were lifted by the tide from the Essex Marina on Dodge Street and floated across the Essex River. PETER SILVA/Courtesy photo

Earlier Friday, Silva said a shrink-wrapped boat still attached to its trailer and a large metal storage container were lifted by the tide and surge from the Essex Marina on Dodge Street and floated across the Essex River. He said the owner of Perkins Marine and his son were able to reel both in and had them tied to the Causeway seawall around 1 p.m.

“It’s a mess down here, and I expect it will be even worse tonight,” Silva said Friday afternoon, echoing Gloucester officials. In the evening, he was hoping the boat and container’s owners could arrange to have them hoisted out, so they wouldn’t come loose during the overnight high tide.

The boat wasn’t the only motorized vehicle in water causing concern. Shortly before morning high tide, an unoccupied car was found submerged, rocking in the surge covering Conomo Point Road near Beach Street. Silva said police weren’t sure if the car had been left there, or floated.

In Manchester, water rushed into the parking lot behind Town Hall and the police station, where five cars were damaged beyond repair in the Jan. 4 storm surge that also ruined 73 cars during a city snow emergency in the lots at Gloucester High School.

In all, National Grid had reported upward of a dozen separate power outages around Cape Ann as of late Friday afternoon, including one that had knocked out 766 customers in the West End of central Gloucester, another that KO’d 574 customers in central Rockport, and a third that left 127 customers without electricity in Manchester.

Earlier, Smith joined other Gloucester safety officials in urging residents to “shelter in place” for the storm, but also encouraged those living in low-lying areas to also “prepare accordingly,” including planning for “voluntary evacuation.”

The storm, which was expected to bring 6-9 inches of heavy, wet snow to higher elevations in Worcester County and to the Berkshires, is projected to continue pounding away through 4 p.m. Saturday, according to National Weather Service warnings. A number of residents had to be evacuated from basement or first-floor apartments during a Jan. 4 blizzard that also corresponded with an astronomical high tide and resulting storm surge.

“If your home is being flooded, or if you are in danger, call 911 for immediate assistance,” read a posting on the city’s website crafted jointly Friday by the mayor’s office, emergency management and the DPW. “Emergency teams are prepared to assist anyone in need, so call 911 right away.”