*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES ENDS ITS STAND-BY STATUS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ***
The Eastern MA ARES staff would like to thank all the amateur radio volunteers who supplied their availability and for those who helped out during the back-to-back severe weather events that impacted the section. Everyone’s SKYWARN reports greatly helped expand the situational awareness for the National Weather Service, MEMA, the cities and towns, and media for coverage of these significant events.
At the peak of the first storm there were 450,000+ customers without power and various shelters and warming centers opened across the section. As of this note there remains about 66,000 customers without power but service is expected to be restored by the end of day Sunday at the latest.
SKYWARN operations were conducted at the National Weather Service office in Taunton, MA and photo albums have been made for both storms:
3/2 – 3/4 2018 Major Nor’easter: https://www.facebook.com/216287391738620/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1884897344877608
3/7 – 3/8 2018 Major Nor’easter: https://www.facebook.com/216287391738620/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1886847021349307
The ARES and SKYWARN staff are keeping an eye on a possible storm in the Monday/Tuesday timeframe. However it is too early to say what this storm might bring to the region.
Thanks again to all the operators and spotters who helped collect information and aid with communications during these severe winter storms.
Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
Eastern MA ARES SEC