Noel delivers glancing blow to New England

By Assocaited Press
Published November 4, 2007

HARWICH, Mass. - As the remnants of Hurricane Noel brushed parts of the Northeast with strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday, Heinz Proft sat back and watched the boats moored to the docks rock back and forth.

The assistant Harwich harbormaster had taken advantage of the ample warning and tied the boats down with extra lines. "It's a lot easier to do it the day before" a storm, he said.

The wind and rain caused some coastal flooding, brought down tree limbs and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people, but spared the New England region widespread damage.

Sustained winds of up to 50 mph along the New England coast were expected to die down by midnight. Most of Cape Cod and the Islands received between 1 1/2 and 2 inches of rain, with up to 3 inches in southern New Hampshire and Maine.

A 70 mph wind gust was reported on Nantucket, and about 43,000 people lost power around Cape Cod, said Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. High wind warnings were in effect for coastal Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey and the eastern tip of New York's Long Island.