Footage shows Nantucket underwater as winter storm lashes New England

Some people took to kayaks to get through the flooded streets

Harriet Sinclair
Sunday 30 January 2022 21:54 GMT
Nantucket is submerged by water as winter storm Kenan hits New England

Dramatic footage shows parts of Nantucket underwater after being hit by a storm that is battering parts of New England.

Winter Storm Kenan brought snow, flooding, and high winds to areas along the US east coast, becoming a “bomb cyclone” as it moved up the coast.

Nantucket island, off Cape Cod, saw floodwater stream into buildings after the storm, while police in the area announced that Easy Street was closed due to flooding.

One video taken following the storm showed two high school students kayaking through the flooded streets.

The storm brought winds of up to 70mph to Nantucket, while gusts of up to 80mph were reported in Chatham, Massachusetts. Elsewhere heavy snowfall affected areas along the coast.

The NWS Weather Prediction Center office in Boston told CNN: “Coastal flooding is a concern thanks to astronomically high tides on Saturday. The combination of strong northeast winds and high seas will bring storm surges that, if coinciding with high tide, would lead to minor or moderate coastal flooding.”

As people prepared for the blizzard conditions by stocking up on essentials, there were also some fears of hoarding.

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