Sandy brings deja vu to South Shore residents
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- It’s a different kind of coastal concern for people on the South Shore. In Weymouth they are all too familiar with the kind of damage storms like Hurricane Sandy can do.
“Sandy is so big, I think it’s highly unlikely we will escape Sandy altogether. It’s a question of just how much into the core of the storm we’re going to be,” said Bob Thompson, NOAA meteorologist.
Matt O’Hearn had purchased a home just before the Christmas storm of 2010 -- he spent the year rebuilding it before coming back for another storm.
O’Hearn considers himself a newbie in Scituate, but he’s not taking any chances with Hurricane Sandy.
“I’ve experienced it once before and it was pretty bad when we lost our roof, so now we rebuilt and we know we put better storm protection on the house, so we’ll hope for the best,” said O’Hearn.
People were stocking up on generators at a Lowes store in Weymouth to prepare for the storm.
“We lost power for about a week last year and I was taking the boat home tonight and saw the storm track was going to veer left and it’s going to hit between New Jersey and Massachusetts. So, I said this time I’m not gonna go without power,” one man said.
After 30 years on the South Shore, Greg Eaton knows how to prepare for the worst. He has storm preps down to a science -- or maybe more of a math project.
“These panels are numbered, so I know exactly where they go and every year I put them up -- it’s easier to put the panels up to protect the shingles than it is to do the shingles the following spring. I’ve decided that over the years,” said Eaton.
Whether it’s the incredible snow Massachusetts saw last Halloween or the whipping winds, waves and rain of the Christmas storm the year before, people on the South Shore are getting ready once again.
Tree trimming in neighborhoods is a big priority for NStar; following trees and branches are the leading reason for power outages, so crews have been rooting out the problem ahead of the storm.
“We’ve been expanding the outreach of the tree trimming that we do so it’s no longer eight eight and 10, it’s a clearance of 10 10 and 15,” said Caroline Prettyman, NStar spokesperson.
Hans Mueller said he’s been watching the storm tracks and hopes Sandy hits well south, but he’s been looking around the house to make sure he’s ready for anything.
“I’m going to move the boats away from the beach and besides that, we’re prepared for the best, watch the storm, have a storm party on Monday and Tuesday. That’s about it,” said Mueller.