Cape Cod bruised and battered by winter storm

Significant power outages, winter winds continue through the day--Travel ban to be lifted Saturday afternoon
Many readers have reported power outages and fallen trees throughout the Cape, here in Centerville. Photo sent in by Dan Proto.

Editor's note: We will update this page as information becomes available.

1:10 p.m. update: The official word from the governor's office and MEMA is that the travel ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.  The ban has been lifted in a few off Cape areas including Nantucket, but remains in effect until 4 p.m. for the rest of the state including Cape Cod.

10:55 a.m. update: As of 10:45 a.m., NStar is still reporting high outage levels across the Cape. Highest percentage numbers of residents without power are in the towns of Wellfleet (96%), Brewster (93%), Yarmouth (92%) and Mashpee (91%), according to the most recent outage map.



Overnight the storm dubbed "Nemo" by the Weather Channel has left its wintry imprint on Cape Cod.  As of 7 a.m., the NStar power outage map is showing significant numbers of Cape Codder left in the dark by the storm's high winds, with purple, brown and black marking the largest outages.

Readers from all over the Cape are checking in around 8 a.m. via Facebook with mixed reports--some reporting no power since last night (Wareham and Osterville), others reporting power, but no cable (Chatham and Hyannis). Some folks in Yarmouth and Dennis are reporting that they have power.

According to the National Weather Service, Cape Cod is still under a Blizzard Warning until 3 p.m. and a Coastal Flood Warning until 12 p.m. Heavy winds continue to hammer the Cape and significant damage to coastal areas is expected. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, with several more inches coating the Cape.  Winds will remain around 35-40 mphs per hour with gusts as high as 55 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

All cancelations posted yesterday remain in effect, including parking restrictions and municipal site and building closures.

The governor's executive order banning travel remains in effect until further notice. There have been no updates from MEMA or the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee this morning.

Events on our calendar page will most likely be rescheduled for today. Check back for those dates.

The Cape and other coastal communities in Massachusetts are bracing for the 10 a.m. high tide.  Sandwich has been especially hard hit during this storm. Check out tides here.

(Above right: Humans aren't the only ones with a lot to say about the blizzard. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas. Right: NStar's technicolor outage map shows a significant number of folks still in the dark as of 9 a.m. Saturday. Courtesy NStar.)

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(East Sandwich, sent in by Bobbie Moore.)

(This crashing limb woke a Mashpee reader up at 1 a.m. this morning.)

(Still no power in Barnstable. Sent in by Peter Streck.)

(Falmouth, sent in by CapeK9Cardio.)

(Snow drifts in Hyannis sent in by a reader.)

(Lyra braves the storm. Sent in by Cindi V.)

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