By Steven Fletcher
---- — Skies began clearing this morning as the last remnants of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy were passing through Cape Ann.
The storm tore through yesterday, downing trees and cutting power to customers across Cape Ann. It kept utility and public safety crews moving through the night. Crews cleaned roadways and started assessing utility damage this morning.
Over 4,300 customers on Cape Ann are still without power, with 1,895 in Gloucester alone. Manchester has 1,508 customers without power, Essex has 636 and Rockport has 318.
The storm also damaged the Birdseye building on Commercial Street, peeling back a large section of corrugated steel siting facing Fort Square, and scattering yellow insulation across the road.
In Rockport, the surge late last night moved the carcass of finback whale off a rocky beach off Penzance Road to Cape Hedge Beach.
Even with storm damage still present, schools reopened this morning.
Classes are going on in the Gloucester Public School District, the Manchester Essex Regional School District and the Rockport Public School District today.
As of 9:30 a.m the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, MBTA, had resumed service. The MBTA had ceased all transit service at 2 p.m yesterday. According to the agency, commuters should expect delays today.
The National Weather Service has a Coastal Flood advisory in effect until 1 p.m, down from a Coastal Flood warning that was in effect yesterday. A wind advisory is in effect for the area until 7 p.m. NWS predicts showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms and sustained winds up to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 mph. Winds and rain are expected to abate throughout the day.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who is seeking re-election to his seat on Nov. 6, is touring the region. After visiting Newburyport and Newbury with state Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester, he will stop in Cape Ann, visiting Gloucester City Hall about 6 p.m.
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