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Coastal areas clean up after Noel

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Globe Staff / November 4, 2007

Cape Cod residents woke this morning to streets full of debris and fallen tree branches, but there was less damage than weather forecasters had predicted, said Peter Judge, a spokesman with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

"At this point, it's on a personal level," he said. "We have minimal involvement."

This morning fewer than 20,000 homes were without power, according to NStar and National Grid spokesmen, including in on Nantucket, parts of Cape Cod, and in South Shore communities between Plymouth and Marshfield.

In Hyannis, about 25 percent of the town, including parts of Main Street, were without power, said Gary Brown, vice president of the Barnstable Town Council.

"Right now, everyone's wondering where they're going to watch the game," Brown said.

In Chatham, two summer homes on the north side of the breach were destroyed by high surf. One home was moved off its foundation and another was dismantled by waves, said fire deputy Richard Hunter.

A breach in the North Beach has continued to widen since the ocean first broke through the sandy split of land during an April storm. Last month, protective dunes near the homes were washed away.

"It was just a matter of time," Hunter said.

A commercial fishing vessel also dragged its mooring during the storm and washed up on the beach, according to Ted Keon, the town's coastal resources director.

"I'm not sure how they're going to get it off," he said.

The storm also caused at least two house fires. One in Centerville damaged 50 percent of a home and killed some family pets. Another in Osterville occurred when a falling tree ripped the electric meter off of a house and caused some cedar shingles to burn. There were no reports of injuries to any people.

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