“We’re hosting the neighbors,” he said, as the sound of his purring generator mixed with the whoosh of the waves. “It’s a party.”
In Boston, people began venturing out Sunday to enjoy the kind of crisp winter day that follows a storm. Many Downtown Crossing storefronts remained dark, including the Corner Mall, which was roped off with caution tape warning pedestrians of falling snow and ice.
The Back Deck restaurant on West Street was busy. After being closed Friday and Saturday, the restaurant opened again at 11 a.m., and nearly every table was full by midafternoon.
“You could tell people wanted to get out,” said general manager Mark Corcoran.
But as they did, they faced unexpected dangers. Hospitals in the city saw a steady stream of patients arriving with storm-related injuries.
A 14-year-old boy and a man in his 20s died of carbon monoxide poisoning in separate incidents less than 2 miles apart in Roxbury and Mattapan on Saturday. Sunday afternoon, Boston EMS reported taking another man to the hospital after neighbors found him unconscious in his car.
Neighbors noticed the man was unresponsive and called for help. The car had run out of gas when firefighters arrived and broke the windows to get inside, MacDonald said. He was conscious when he was transported to the hospital.
Ten patients had arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning as of Sunday evening, said Dr. Paul Biddinger, medical director of the emergency department.
He urged people to be careful to clear exhaust pipes and not to use grills or generators inside their homes. MacDonald, of the Fire Department, said firefighters are working to clear snow from hydrants throughout the city. Patrick E. Germain, 60, a longtime Worcester firefighter, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while clearing snow at his Webster home.
During the height of the storm, at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, firefighters in Kingston rushed to a Pembroke Street home, where a woman was in labor.
The home was just a mile and a half away, but it took firefighters almost a half hour to reach it because massive pine trees had fallen and blocked the way, said Kingston Fire Captain Dave Binari.
The firefighters recruited a highway snowplow to clear trees and a path to the house, Binari said. The woman’s labor was too far along when the firefighters arrived, so they helped her deliver at the home.
The mother and baby girl were taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.
Slip-and-fall injuries were a more common cause of hospital visits over the weekend, and some hospital officials said they expected their emergency departments to be busy Monday as more people ventured out onto still-slick sidewalks and roads.
Monday should start off clear, and the region could see some sleet or light snow before the rain begins. About a half inch of rain is expected through the evening commute.
Officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency advised residents Sunday to be mindful of snow buildup and drifts on their roofs, and to safely remove them. Snow absorbs the rain and becomes heavy.
With the rain comes melting. High temperatures are expected to be above freezing through the week.
Erin Ailworth, Meghan E. Irons, Katie Johnston, Akilah Johnson, and Kathy McCabe of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents Evan Allen, Derek J. Anderson, Jaclyn Reiss, and Matt Rocheleau contributed to this report. Brian Ballou can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @globeballou. Chelsea Conaboy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @cconaboy.