December 26, 2010 – the worst storm to hit New England in some time. It came up from the south where it dumped 5 inches in Raleigh, NC, where my friend Mary said they’ve never seen a white Christmas. Snow started falling early evening. Wind picked up and the brunt of it came full force around 10pm. 35-40mph winds, with gusts beyond 50mph. The snowfall a steady 1-2″ per hour.
With high tide at 3:30am, during the peak of the storm, the savage storm battered the Plum Island coast line. The newly replenished beach from the island’s center and north has just about been all but removed. A home off of 55th Street now lies dangerously close to falling into the ocean. South of the jetty, the vicious waves continued to eat at the heavily eroded beach dunes, threatening Bennett Hill and the homes along Annapolis Way. Many lost stairways down to the beach, which were replaced just months ago following the no-name storm of the past March.