“There were a lot of boats out there that shouldn’t have been,” he said.
The storm also caused the remnants of the Rockmore, a floating restaurant that closed a couple of years ago, to wash ashore in the marshes off Lafayette Street.
In Danvers, police received a report of a man in a small boat on the Danvers River who was having trouble navigating during the storm. Harbormaster Chris Sanborn said the man managed to make it to the closest dock.
That boater wasn’t the only one to brave the water during the storm. A video posted on YouTube showed surfers at West Beach in Beverly.
In Peabody, Mayor Ted Bettencourt declared a state of emergency effective at midnight Sunday. A Peabody Fire Department official said the city dealt mainly with downed trees and wires and experienced no significant flooding.
Firefighters in several communities responded to fires in transformers and in and around downed power lines. In several instances, trees falling across wires pulled the electrical service units away from houses.
As of 9:50 last night, the Salem area had 1.2 inches of rain, according to Salem State University meteorologist Arthur Francis. Francis said winds reached about 55 mph and over 60 mph on the water.
“It’s one of the most severe storms we’ve had for a long time,” he said.
Officials said their communities would be facing a large cleanup task today. But overall, the storm’s impact was not as damaging as it might have been.
Marquis, the Danvers town manager, said the town had Holten Richmond Middle School ready to use as a shelter, but it wasn’t needed.
“Considering what some people are going through down the Cape and Rhode Island, I guess we can’t complain,” he said.