Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 1, 2012
Hurricane Sandy spares the Peninsula
by Jessica Brophy
With Hurricane Sandy (or “Superstorm Sandy” or “Frankenstorm”) bearing down on the Eastern seaboard early this week, there were concerns the area would experience heavy winds and storm surge.
As Sandy tracked north, the storm took a sharp left and pounded New Jersey and New York City, according to National Weather Service data. The track then continued northward toward Canada. Most of Maine was spared the heavy damages that might have been expected had Sandy kept a more easterly track.
Many residents did lose power for several hours during the height of the storm, from Monday, October 29, into Tuesday, October 30. High winds caused some damage. On Naskeag Point, sustained winds of 50 miles per hour were recorded, with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour late Monday evening, according to wind-tracking website windalert.com.
As of Halloween morning, there was one outage left in Brooklin, according to Bangor Hydro Communications Officer Susan Faloon.
“The tree crew just cleared the line, and there are just a couple of others to clean up that we know about,” she said. Faloon expected the power to be restored to all parts of Brooklin by the end of the day on Halloween.
Storm surge may not have been a problem along the coast, but clamming has been shut down indefinitely by the Department of Marine Resources as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. The ban on shellfish harvest was called because of “pollution expected from heavy rainfall and coastal flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.” No date for a lift on the ban was given.