Tropical Storm packs lesser punch than feared
By Beth David, Editor
Tropical Storm Henri was a hurricane for a short while, but fizzled out by the time it reached Fairhaven, hitting us as a weak Tropical Storm. It made landfall at Block Island and Westerly, RI on Sunday, 8/22. The West Island Weather Station (westislandweather. com) recorded a peak gust at 44 MPH.
Rainfall was minimal, with few downpours and mostly mist and drizzle throughout the day Sunday. Scattered power outages did not last for long.
Other parts of Mass. to the west, and Rhode Island to the south, received flooding rain and damaging winds.
On Monday, the storm made a bit of a comeback and dumped lots of rain on the region, but there were still no reports of widespread power outages.
The Fairhaven Harbormaster and the public works department removed the floating dock from Hoppy’s Landing on Sunday, before the storm hit. They returned it on Tuesday.
Rhode Island’s flagship, SS Oliver Hazard Perry, took shelter in the New Bedford/Fairhaven Harbor during the storm. The 200-foot tall ship, the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the US, broke loose from where it was anchored, but the tug boat SITKA grabbed it before it could hit anything.
See video of the rescue, from West Island Weather’s Harborcam, on ML Baron’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/S9jB7H8MXJM
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