“We have a fair amount of tree damage and a number of trees that have taken down wires and others that hit houses,” said Paul Chagnon, Newton’s assistant fire chief.
In Norwell, where more than three-quarters of homes were without power Monday night, cleanup was daunting.
“We have a lot of trees down, a lot of lines down,” said Andrew Reardon, the town’s fire chief. “We are going through this morning trying to identify our priorities and trying to restore as much power as we can.”
Donna VanderClock, Weston’s town manager, said trees were down and tangled with wires throughout town. Without substantial progress, schools might have to stay closed another day, she said.
Many trees were still heavy with leaves, so the late-season storm was well timed to deliver a potent blow, specialists said.
But overall,there was a sense of relief.
On Chatham’s bucolic Main Street, shopkeepers opened for business, and by noon, nearly all the plywood had been taken down from the windows.
“We got lucky,” said Joe Nickerson, a Chatham landscaper, as he swept the front stoop of his wife’s boutique. “Dodged a bullet.”
Down at Lighthouse Beach, Keith Bond tried to make a go of it with his kiteboard, but could not pick up enough wind. Sandy had taken it all. . “We were praying for the back side of this storm to at least have some potency,” Bond said, sitting in the sand in his wetsuit.
Forecasters said Sandy left little remnants in Massachusetts as it moved off to the west.
“All of our issues are coming to an end,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Katie Johnston, Brian Ballou, John R. Ellement, Martin Finucane, Andrew Ryan, Deirdre Fernandes, and Eric Moskowitz of the Globe staff, and correspondents Evan Allen, Patrick D. Rosso, and Melissa M. Werthmann contributed to this report. Martine Powers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers. Peter Schworm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.