Reports of major flooding are pouring in from coastal Massachusetts communities on Thursday afternoon.
Parts of Causeway Street, Morrissey Boulevard and Seaport Boulevard in Boston are completely underwater, and the harbor side entrance at the MBTA’s Aquarium Station is temporarily closed due to flooding.
Multiple cars were reportedly stuck in flood waters along Newport Avenue Extension in Quincy ahead of high tide. Rescues are now in progress. Flooding was also reported in the Squantum neighborhood, with water into houses. A shelter is being set up at Quincy High School.
On Dyke Street in Marshfield, a mother and two children had to be rescued while firefighters made three other single vehicle rescues on other nearby roads.
And in Revere, police are responding to a report of people trapped in a basement on River Road due to high flood waters.
Newburyport police said a few people are being evacuated on Plum Island due to flooding. Several streets in the city are also closed due to high water.
Nantucket was forced to close several roads in the downtown area due to flooding.
Several roads in Dennis has to be shut down due to flooding.
There were also reports of people trapped in flood waters in Hull and Lynn, and several roads in Nahant are impassable due to flooding.
Orleans also had major flooding, resulting in some road closures.
Downtown Portland, Maine, was underwater, and parts of Route 1A in Seabrook, New Hampshire are flooded out.
Earlier Thursday, the boats in Rockport were rocking and the wind was howling as the storm moved in. Snow was blowing by mid-morning and it was only expected to intensify throughout the day.
Rockport resident Mike Kern had his home boarded up ahead of concerns of high winds, high tide, coastal flooding and power outages.
“We’ve got the house boarded up right now but hopefully the waves stay down where they’re supposed to be,” he said.
Even as the storm moved in, some New Englanders were braving the elements to see the roaring waves up close.
“It’s going to be wicked bad, it’s going to be wicked cold. That’s for sure,” said Rockport resident Ted Twombly.
Further down the coast, town officials in Scituate and nearby Marshfield advised people who live along the coast and in neighborhoods that flood to evacuate by 10 a.m.
As the storm was moving in, a few families were doing just that in Scituate.
“The house was literally shaking this morning when I got up,” said Will Boyle, who was evacuating.
“We’re gonna get out of dodge. After the remnants of Hurricane Jose… I understand this is going to be a monster. Head for cover,” said Dr. Mary Feeney, who was also evacuating.
Scituate officials got their water rescue truck ‘The Buffalo’ ready on Wednesday in preparation for having to use it.
In addition, they urged residents to take steps to protect their properties before the storm due to the expected high tide. They also requested help from the National Guard.
“At this point, we don’t know the severity, but we want them to start making plans for anything that can occur,” Scituate Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said.
Residents like Mike Graffeo did what they could to best prepare for the storm.
“We put 40 bags down and we have 40 in the truck for tomorrow,” Graffeo said.
Scituate resident Joe Collins also spent Wednesday preparing, recalling a famous storm from decades ago.
“I grew up here, was here for the Blizzard of ’78, then left for 30 years, and I’m back and don’t know why,” Collins said.
In Hull, Police Chief John Dunn urged people to stay off the roads if possible, because any additional vehicles on the road would make it more difficult for his department to respond to emergencies.
“It’s going to be dangerous with the high winds at the same time the astronomical high tides are coming into town,” he said.
Over in Barnstable, utility crews were being staged so they could move at a moment’s notice to fix any downed power lines.
“People need to be prepared at home,” said Kevin Morley, a spokesman for Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. “They should have 72 hours of supplies in case there’s a power outage or roads are very hard to travel on.”