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Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Morning Update

Here's a rundown on how Sandy affected Salem.

  • Two-Hour Delay Tuesday: Salem Public Schools will have a two-hour delay Tuesday.
  • Curbside Trash Pick-Up: As of late last night, trash pick-up will maintain its regular schedule.
  • Latest forecast: Hurricane Sandy is supposed to weaken in the Boston area Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the latest forecast.
  • Mayor Makes Statement: Monday night, Mayor Kim Driscoll on her Facebook page stated: "Our public safety and public works personnel have done an outstanding job responding to storm damage to date. We have experienced numerous trees down, but most if not all have been cleared from roads. Still lots of clean up/removal and another few hours with high wind gusts, but overall road conditions presently are very good. In addition to trees down, we have also experienced wires down, power losses, transformer fires and malfunctions, numerous boats off their moorings and some structural damage to homes caused by the storm."
  • Power outages: As of 1 a.m. Tuesday the largest power outage in Salem was in South Salem with 1,545 customers without power. An outage map can be found here.
  • Mayor Says National Grid Prioritizing Work: On the statement on her Facebook page Monday night, Driscoll also stated National Grid was working hard to restore power and their "priority [was] dealing with life safety issues" first.
  • Boats Hit Hard: Salem boats were especially hard hit during the storm. Patch readers submitted photos from the coast via our live blog and Twitter. Check them out attached to this article. Thank you for your help!
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  • For highlights see Salem Patch's live blog of Hurricane Sandy

John Waller contributed to this report.

windpower October 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Having lived in Salem for 42 years ,I have seen my share of storms . As a boater I have done my share of preparation prior to storms . The main problem is we have seen many weather warnings telling of major potential of damage ,only to see minor impact, Chicken little syndrome ? A quick look at the local harbors showed an inordinate amount of boats in Salem harbor . The great fall weather in the past few years may have played a roll in that . But as one that is on the water every day ,I do not see these boats being used . So the question rises as to why they were still on moorings ? The Salem harbormaster made a great decision to stop any and all boat salvage during the storm . In fact as soon as he did the storm ramped up ,and if any one was underway ,they too would be at risk ,putting the harbormasters at risk . I must say ,outside of the blizzard of 78 ,this storm was worst . Now for the clean up .
JOHN CAHILL October 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
GOOD JOB MAYOR KIM
john October 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Great job by SPD,SFD and Public Works even though our mayor walks all over them.
john October 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I am hearing that Hawthorne Cove Mariner was way behind on haul outs resulting in boats on moorings.

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