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Major Coastal Storm Hits New England

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    Weather Forecast: Damaging Winds, Flash Flood Watches

    Today (Monday): Rain departs for some sun, wind kicks up again with gusts to 45 mph from the west. Highs in the 50s.
    Overnight Monday Night: Clear, chilly wind. Lows in the 40s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph.
    Tuesday: Sunny and brisk. Highs in the 50s.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 30, 2017)

    A major coastal storm has hit New England, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds. Most of our BIG wind events come from the northwest or northeast. A southeast wind is very rare, but they have happened – during Irene for example when the Commonwealth experienced one of the worst power outages in history. As of 4:30 a.m. Monday, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is reporting more than 260,000 power outages, making this the largest power outage the state has seen since Irene in 2011.

    Let’s go over the specifics of the storm:

    Timing: Worst of it between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. 40 MPH wind gusts will persist through the day on Monday.

    Wind Gusts: 70+ MPH at the coast; 60 MPH inland.

    Wind Damage: Power outages and tree damage likely, structural damage possible. Power outages could be scattered to widespread.

    Extreme Weather Photos: 70 Percent of Venice FloodedExtreme Weather Photos: 70 Percent of Venice Flooded

    Rain: Widespread 2-3 inches, localized amounts of 4 or 5 inches.

    Flooding Potential: Flash flooding is possible, especially in urban areas. River flooding is expected to be minor. Coastal flooding will NOT be an issue. We are expecting astronomically low tide.

    Once the strong moves out, the power outage threat will continue into the day on Monday. Winds drop (as will the temperatures!) Monday night. It will be beautiful for Halloween with a true Fall feel.

    Coast Guard Warns Boaters Ahead of Sunday's StormCoast Guard Warns Boaters Ahead of Sunday's Storm

    Coast Guard units across New England are preparing for a powerful storm expected to hit the region Sunday night.

    (Published Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017)

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