What Lessons Did New England Learn From Hurricane Bob?

(NECN: Amy Sinclair) - Hurricane Earl would be the first major hurricane to hit the New England region since 1991. That's when Hurricane Bob barreled through parts of the region.

So, what lessons have we learned?

It has been 19 years since Bob tore up the eastern seaboard -- first making landfall in New Bedford, then spinning up the coast of Maine.

Wind gusts approached 100 mph and they ripped roofs off homes, boats from mooring and utility poles right out of the ground. Hundreds of thousands were left in the dark.

Thousands had to be evacuated.

That summer storm took a big toll on the East Coast. 18 people died and storm damage totaled more than $2 billion.

Big lesson learned: the importance of having disaster plans in place -- in every coastal community.

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