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October 29, 2012

Sandy batters region

Man killed in rollover; trees down, power out across North Shore


Town Manager Wayne Marquis said the residents were in their living room at the time but were not injured.

In Beverly, a large tree pine tree in front of St. Margaret’s Church in Beverly Farms fell over and landed on wires, pulling down four poles and closing Hale Street.

Trees or limbs also fell on houses on Bridge Street, Tyler Road and Amherst Road and broke a window at Beverly Glass on Rantoul Street.

Beverly Public Services Director Mike Collins said cleanup of some of the major accidents was delayed because workers could not go up in bucket trucks until the high winds subsided.

The storm left the streets of Salem virtually empty during the normally bustling Haunted Happenings celebration.

Mayor Kim Driscoll said falling trees were the biggest issue in the city. Low-lying areas along Bridge Street and Commercial Street flooded during the noon high tide. But other sections that have flooded in the past, such as the Forrester Street neighborhood, were spared, she said.

Driscoll said public works crews had to secure the many portable toilets that are set up for Haunted Happenings to make sure they were not blown over. State inspectors determined that the Ferris wheel could withstand winds up to 80 mph and could remain, but the ride’s cars were removed.

A Salem woman avoided injury when a large tree branch fell on the front end of her Saab as she was driving on Clifton Avenue around 1:45 p.m. The limb damaged the hood and windshield, but the driver was not hurt, police said.

On the water, Hurricane Sandy created swells of 6 to 8 feet in Salem Harbor and caused about a dozen boats to break loose from their moorings, Salem Harbormaster Bill McHugh said.

McHugh said the owners of those boats did not heed warnings to move their crafts to safer spots in Pickering Wharf or up the Danvers River.

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