Hello to all..
..Power continues to be restored across areas of New England hard hit by the historic and anomalous major nor’easter winter storm that severely impacted Western, Central and Northeast Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Connecticut..
..ARES/RACES/MARS and EMCOMM groups continue to monitor the situation closely in case support is needed..
..A Federal disaster declaration has been given to Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire over the past 2 days..
..A web story on the Amateur Radio Response has been posted to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) web site and has been added to the links below..
..An additional link from NECN Broadcast Meteorologist, Matt Noyes, has been added to this message in an effort to promote preparedness and self-sufficiency for the next major storm to affect the region down the road understanding that improvements can still be made to the utility company response..
..Realizing that many folks who may provide pictures and data are still without power, it is reminded that even pictures and damage info given days after the incident can be very useful in understanding the extent of damage and providing a historical record for such an anomalous event. Any pictures that would be shared with the media, emergency management and NWS officials can be sent to email@example.com and credit will be given to the spotter who provided the pictures unless otherwise indicated..
..We extend a tremendous appreciation to all of our SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators that provided reports, pictures and video for this major storm and throughout the entire 2011 year which has been historic in terms of significant weather events affecting the region. This appreciation is detailed further in this coordination message..
..Another post storm coordination message will follow either Friday or Saturday. Web site resources that those with power can share with those that don’t have power are listed below to keep those ‘in the dark’ situationally aware of what is happening as far as restoration efforts..
..The first paragraph of this message and the two links mentioned in the prior headlines are the updates. Remainder is unchanged..
The Major Nor’easter of October 29th-30th has caused major impact to the region. Power outages remain widespread though are being reduced gradually across the region. As of late this evening, there were approximately 180,000 without power in Massachusetts with 494,000 without power in Connecticut and 47,000 without power in New Hampshire.
As stated in the headlines, realizing that many folks who may provide pictures and data are still without power, it is reminded that even pictures and damage info given days after the incident can be very useful in understanding the extent of damage and providing a historical record for such an anomalous event. Any pictures that would be shared with the media, emergency management and NWS officials can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and credit will be given to the spotter who provided the pictures unless otherwise indicated.
On behalf of the entire SKYWARN coordinator team and the National Weather Service forecast staff, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to all the NWS Taunton area SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio Operators who provided us with valuable situational awareness data during this past October Nor’easter. There was not a moment during the 18 hour formal operations that we did not receive critical information from you folks. That information was of immeasurable value to all of our partners (i.e. the National Weather Service, the media, local, state and federal emergency management and all of our non-governmental organizations – Red Cross, Salvation Army, hospitals, Medical Reserve Corps, etc). This has been quite an active severe weather year, with the June 1st tornado outbreak, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, and now the October Nor’easter, not to mention the “normal” severe weather events we experienced. It is gratifying to see how well the training we go through pays off. We do not say Thank You enough to all of you for your support. We hear it from the NWS staff and the media all of the time, because we are right here with them, but that does not often get passed on to you folks – at least not often enough. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Another post storm coordination message will follow either Friday or Saturday. Web site resources that those with power can share with those that don’t have power are listed below to keep those ‘in the dark’ situationally aware of what is happening as far as restoration efforts are listed below:
NWS Taunton Local Storm Report (Damage Reports):
NWS Taunton Public Information Statement (Snowfall and Wind Gust Reports):
Connecticut Power and light (CL&P) Outage Map:
Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) Power Outage Map:
Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) Outage Map:
National Grid Outage Map:
CT-211 Web Site:
ARRL Web Story – Amateurs Assist with Communications in Aftermath of Rare October Nor’easter:
Matt Noyes: Can We Expect Long Power Outages Again?
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: email@example.com