National Weather Service measures ‘hurricane force’ gust on Cape Cod

Two people brave high speed winds Tuesday at Revere Beach. Ryan McBride / AFP / Getty Images

Cape Cod is mostly missing out on the snowfall other areas of New England are getting from Tuesday’s storm. But the coastal region is getting the brunt of the storm’s wind.

The National Weather Service forecasted 20- to 35-mph winds in the area, with gusts of 45 to 65 mph. But according to the service, one gust in Wellfleet reached hurricane force Tuesday afternoon.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, winds of at least 74 mph register as “hurricane force.” Winds of such force have the potential to topple shallowly rooted trees and cause extensive damage to power lines.

Another gust of 72 mph was measured earlier in the afternoon in Wellfleet, a small town between the tip and the elbow of the Cape. While not quite hurricane force, peak gusts across southern New England reached 50 to 70 mph during Tuesday’s storm, according to the service.


The region remained under a high wind warning until 6 p.m. Tuesday.