Published: March 09. 2013 4:00AM PST
Benny Nadeau of Moody Beach, Maine, rides a large wave in heavy surf kicked up by a winter storm Friday afternoon in Kennebunk, Maine. “It’s craziness," said Nadeau after his ride. “I was a little scared."
The late-winter storm that buried parts of the country was forecast to be little more than a nuisance for most of New England. Try telling that to Connecticut and Massachusetts residents who spent two days shoveling as much as 2 feet of snow.
“The forecast was 4 to 6 inches and I think I’m looking at about 12 to 14 inches," West Roxbury resident Mark Spillane said as snow continued to fall Friday.
The storm was centered far out in the Atlantic Ocean, and by the time it reached New England, forecasters were focused on the potential for coastal flooding and not snow, which in many places was predicted to reach a maximum of 6 or 8 inches.
The coastline was battered by three high tides during the duration of the storm, the worst Friday morning, when some roads in coastal towns were flooded with up to 3 feet of water. A vacant house on Plum Island, off the northeast coast of Massachusetts, was ripped from its foundation and collapsed into the sea. Other homes there were badly damaged.
Robert F. Bukaty / The Associated Press