Islanders gather to assess damage to Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark. Ivy Ashe

Though the Island was spared the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, it brought with it high winds and powerful surf and left in its wake severe erosion, especially on south-facing shorelines. The ocean washed over Norton Point Beach at Katama in Edgartown, turning the eastern end of the beach into a sandbar covered with water at high tide. On Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark, waves carved a U-shaped chunk out of the top of the cliff, and left the beach strewn with rocks, sea foam and seaweed.

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JOAN NOBLE PINKHAM, KENSINGTON, NH
We were residents of the Vineyard for many years. I write books about this wonder of wonders island. I know the sea and it is always ready to pounce in a storm. I hate to see destruction anywhere. At least (the very) there was no loss of life.
November 4, 2012 - 11:17am

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