During one of the first Nor’easters of the year Falmouth resident Tim O’Neil was at work at Corner Cycle when a tree outside in the parking lot fell and landed on his car, crushing it.
“I was inside working on the computer when I heard a massive crash outside,” O’Neil said. “We could see what tree was down but all the employee cars were hidden by thevan so we had no idea who’s car got hit.” O’Neil had to leave his crushed car in the lot overnight with the tree trunk still resting on it. The next day he returned to work where his boss George Sykes organize removal of both the tree and later the car. Sykes made a few calls and before the end of the work day a crew of people with a front end loader and chainsaws had cleared away the fallen tree and the car was brought away on a flatbed truck.
O’Neil has bought a new car but during the time between the storm and being able to make the purchase he was helped a lot by friends and coworkers, many of whom offered him help with getting to work and dealing with subsequent storms.
– Peter McPherson
Almost 2 million Americans were without power as of the 3rd of March, according to the Weather Channel. At a point where power becomes unavailable, what should a student do to be able to keep up with their work, but also tend to at home needs (food, water, warmth)? Some students at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) had their academics completely compromised however.
“My power was out for three days. I had a memoir for my psychology class that was already late, and I was finally typing and submitting it when my power went out,” said 4Cs student Tommy Russ. “For three days I was without power, and I was thinking ‘Oh my god, did it go through?’ and I checked the submission, nothing is there. Nothing I wrote was there. So now I’m going to get a big fat F for the paper. I cannot deal with the frustration.”
Dennis Port resident Nancy Condelli was one of many impacted by this storm.
“This past nor’easter brought with it much unwanted snow and a plethora of pesky power outages. I am blessed to have some beautiful neighbors who graciously allowed my family to use their home,“ said Condelli. “What could have been a frigid evening turned out to be a warm and cozy night of playing Michigan Rummy. Just another example of the kindness of others.”
Fortunately for Condelli the neighbors were away in Florida so she and her family had the house to themselves, and enjoyed each other’s company. They were able to improve an unpleasant situation.
Andrew Glassman, manager of the popular restaurant Wimpy’s in Osterville said, “The storm brought us to our knees. We had no power or generator and had to close. It went out Tuesday morning, and we didn’t get it back until 3 p.m. Thursday.”
During the outage, the restaurant lost 25 percent of their weekly revenue and about 25 percent of the food. “We lost all of our fish, produce, and prepared meals we sell in the fish market,” Glassman said.
After the lights came on and all of the refrigerators were scrubbed, the first deliveries came Friday morning. “Friday we were ready to open for lunch, still with a limited menu, and were able to open fully with the entire menu by Friday night,” Glassman said.
Come Friday night, the dining room was accompanied with the familiar faces of regulars, eager to get their Wimpy’s fix after the storm.
Alec Morrison, a 21 year old from Plymouth lost power for six whole days. The high winds caused a tree to fall directly on his boat, completely demolishing it.
“My whole family ended up leaving my house besides me. I decided to brave it out,” said Morrison. “It was the same temperature inside as it was outside. They did not come back for a week.”
The past three storms Alec has lost power for days on end, boiling water on the stove to survive and listening to a hand crank radio to simply pass the time. Although, he was able to make the best out of these difficult times by traveling to friend’s houses for warmth, food, showers, and to play video games.