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February 11, 2013

The Big Dig (out)

Some shovel, others sled after storm dumps 2 feet on area


This was the fifth largest storm reported at Logan airport in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.

Jerry Rossi, of Bosworth Street in Beverly, said he felt his house shake in the wind. But he didn’t lose power and there was no damage to his house.

“I thought it was a little more brutal,” he said of the forecasted weather. “I thought my house was going to blow down.”

He said the advanced warning of this storm was the main difference between this storm and the Blizzard of 1978.

Joe Amore, 59, who operates Amore Plastering in Danvers, was plowing out the Beverly Gas and Tire lot on Cabot Street just before 5 p.m. yesterday. He worked the entire storm for 29 clients and only got a few hours of sleep before continuing yesterday.

“It was miserable,” said Amore, who has been plowing since he was 17. “We had whiteout conditions at times and 50 to 60 mph wind gusts.”

He said the worst of the storm was Friday night into Saturday morning.

“At times to me it looked like the Blizzard of ’78 was back,” he said. “It was coming fast, but it slowed down.”

He said he feared everything being shutdown for days, but the snow lightened up for a few hours allowing crews to catch up. “There is still a lot of cleaning up to do for the cities and towns,” he said.

Back at Lynch Park, Jane Beasley of Cross Street in Beverly brought her two boys to go sledding at the park.

“This is like the good old days,” she said. “I missed the snow all winter last year.”

Beasley said the family took their time shoveling out after the storm and didn’t clear the car off until yesterday morning. “We hunkered down,” she said.

She was joined at the park by her friend Michele Quealy of Woodbury Drive.

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