Huge Nor’easter Causes Widespread Glass Damage

March 5th, 2018 by Trey Barrineau

The powerful nor’easter that raked the East Coast over the weekend killed eight people and left 2 million without power across 17 states and the District of Columbia. It also shattered plenty of glass and windows, leaving lots of work for contractors in the days ahead.

“We had more calls for repairs in the middle of the storm than today,” said Krista Salamone of Global Glass & Mirror in Marshfield, Mass. “There’s a lot of damage. We’re running on generators, but other than that, we’re okay.”

“The storm hit everyone as a surprise with timing and intensity and caught a lot of people on the road in poor conditions and high winds,” said Ben Weaver, general manager, auto and retail with Alderfer Glass Company in Telford, Pa. “We were forced to close the afternoon of March 2 as we lost complete power and thus computers at our main Telford HQ location. We did re-open for a few hours without power on Saturday morning March 3, but were without power much of the weekend. As our phone systems and computers were down, our only contact with customers was via our cloud-based e-mail and social media. We have been very busy today and would expect to stay busy in the coming week.”

Winds gusted as high as 93 miles per hour at the peak of the storm, which spread destruction from Virginia to Maine.

The storm smashed glass up and down the East Coast. For example, NJ.com reported that several windows at the closed Trump Tower Plaza were shattered by the nor’easter. Further south, a window at the U.S. Capitol was also broken by high winds, according to the Washington Examiner.

Joan Gordon, 69, of Quincy, Mass., witnessed  a wave of water  shatter the glass back wall of her house, the Washington Post reported. She saw a wave sweep her refrigerator out of the house and into the driveway across the street.

“As far as a coastal storm, this is the worst since the Blizzard of ’78,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “Across the board this is the most damaging, and I’m very concerned about the infrastructure damage.”

Strong winds also knocked over thousands of trees, many of which broke doors and windows. For example, an old tree in Portsmouth, N.H., fell near a home, destroying a car, causing roof damage and breaking a second-story window.

In Fitchburg, Mass., a 45-year-old construction worker was hurt Monday morning when a large window fell on him during the renovation of an old textile mill. It was unclear if the window had been damaged by the strong winds in the area over the weekend.

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