The Worst is OverOctober 30th, 2012 at 4:00 am by petemangione under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
The worst of what was Hurricane Sandy is now over. However, some minor flooding is possible at high tide this morning.
There were numerous reports of downed trees and coastal flooding…too many to list here. I will go over a few:
Coastal communities like Westerly, Newport, and Narragansett were impacted by moderate to major flooding. But the impacts were not limited to just the south coast. The water pushed up Narragansett Bay and the Barrington River. This caused problems up and down the East and West Bay; East Providence and Barrington were especially hard hit.
Fox Point Hurricane Barrier
Flooding was officially listed as MAJOR last night, although the barrier worked as planned, protecting downtown Providence from being inundated with water.
For last night’s high tide, the tidal gauge recorded waters of about 10 feet. The water piled up against the barrier and went over the banks of the river. The picture below is from Susan Campbell, who was covering the story last night. You could normally stand against that railing and look out onto the river. Notice the water rushing right over the railing! -Pete Mangione