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Ferry Service Gets Back to Normal After Tropical Storm Jose

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    The Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard's ferries are getting back to normal after Tropical Storm Jose made its way along the Massachusetts coast.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017)

    Saturday brought some long awaited good news for travelers looking to get on or off the Islands: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard's ferries are back up and running after Tropical Storm Jose made its way along the Massachusetts coast.

    The Steamship Authority reported Saturday morning that trips to the Vineyard would be operating on a trip-by-trip basis. Saturday's trips to and from Oak Bluffs were being diverted to Vineyard Haven.

    Ferry Service for Nantucket resumed Saturday at 6:30 a.m. in Hyannis and at 9:15 a.m. departing Nantucket. All trips for Nantucket would be operating on a trip-by-trip basis.

    Folks we spoke to said they weren't too mad about having an extended stay on Nantucket but that trip ended once this ferry got back here on the Cape Cod side of Massachusetts.

    "They didn't run out of beer and wine."

    Two things needed when stranded on Nantucket--a sense of humor and time.

    "We're retired so we can sit over there for as long as we want. How is that?"

    For many getting off the ferry in Hyannis, being stranded on the island felt like an extended vacation.

    "We never lost electricity," said Jennifer Visco. "Where we live, I could hear the ocean and then we went out and saw the people surfing. It was great."

    Tropical storm Jose brought strong winds so fierce that the Steamship Authority had to shut down service headed to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

    The threat of flooding forced Heather Mcgraw to check on her vacation home.

    "It's scary," Mcgraw said. " It's too bad you know any time there's a storm that can impact the Island and any erosion, the landscape. It's a shame."

    But those stuck on the island only had one complaint, and it wasn't flooding nor erosion. 

    "There was no mail or no newspapers, you know that kind of thing."

    The Steamship Authority has told us they have added an extra ferry just to help out with the people trying to get back to the Cape Cod side of Massachusetts. 

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