Strong winds hit West Falmouth
Owner of windsurfing business reports $5,000 in damage.
By KEVIN DENNEHY
WEST FALMOUTH - Meteorologists say it wasn't a tornado, but Ed Senechal of
Falmouth isn't so sure.
However you classify those winds that ripped through West Falmouth at about 5
a.m. yesterday, they tossed boats around like soda cans, shattered car windows
at a nearby hotel and knocked down the row of lifeguard chairs that line Old
Silver Beach toward Wild Harbor.
Senechal, owner of Cape Cod Windsurfing, woke up yesterday to find his
catamarans and kayaks strewn across the beach, about 50 yards from his home.
"The winds picked up a 1,500 pound catamaran and tossed it 50 feet across the
beach," he said. "They definitely exceeded 60 miles per hour, probably closer
According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest winds of the
early-morning storm missed the Cape. The worst damage occurred across northern
Rhode Island and toward Plymouth.
"It touched Southeastern Massachusetts, but not quite Cape Cod and the
islands," said Tim Trudel of the weather service.
While some witnesses contend that winds reached 65 mph, Trudel said, there is
no evidence any tornadoes touched down.
According to the evidence gathered by the weather service, the winds were
"straight-line" winds resulting from thunderstorms, he said.
Whatever you call them, high winds left Ed Senechal facing $5,000 in damages
to his Windsurfing products.
Yesterday morning, the West Falmouth man watched as a row of wooden guard
chairs were pushed back into place in the sand.
"That's a lot of wind," he said.
The Falmouth Fire Department reported no incidents of injury or damage.