A Code Red announcement using the [Martha’s Vineyard] Islandwide telephone/email emergency notification system was issued at 5:00 pm, Sunday, describing Sandy as a large and dangerous system.

“We will experience damaging winds, and widespread power outages over an unusually long period of time,” the message, printed in its entirety below, delivered to Island residents said. “South facing beaches will be especially hazardous due to high energy surf generated by this storm, as well as due to severe beach erosion, and potentially severe coastal flooding.”

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