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‘Significant and potentially dangerous’: Here’s what local meteorologists are saying about this week’s coastal storm

What the National Weather Service is calling a “significant and potentially dangerous” coastal storm is about to bear down on Massachusetts Wednesday by way of Friday.

With it, the service predicts wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph, significantly for Cape Cod and the Islands, energy outages, and between Three and 6 inches of rain for southeast Massachusetts, with much less for the northeast portion of the state.

“Plan accordingly & take action as necessary towards the protection of life & property,” the service mentioned on Twitter.

Key Points for Upcoming Coastal Storm:

Wind:
* 40-60 mph gusts doable, particularly Cape/Islands, strongest winds Thu-Fri
* Potential for scattered energy outages

Rain:
* 2-4+” RI/SE MA, much less N/W, potential for city/poor drainage flooding. pic.twitter.com/0NtrDCNdhp

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 8, 2019

Coastal/Marine Concerns:

Coastal Flooding:
* Despite low astro tides, 2 ft surge & 20-30 ft seas could deliver minor-moderate coastal flooding alongside E MA coast.
* Significant seaside erosion

Marine:
* NE Gale drive winds Wed-Sat AM
* Storm-force winds to 50kt doable Thu-Fri

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 8, 2019

[Now thru Friday] A major & doubtlessly harmful scenario is unfolding which can catch some of us off guard as an early-season offshore ocean storm system develops.

Plan accordingly & take motion as essential in the direction of the safety of life & property. #MAwx #RIwx #CTwx pic.twitter.com/eaVCO2YHrx

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 9, 2019

The service forecasts “strong to damaging winds,” significantly for the coast and particularly for the Cape and Islands. Sustained winds are predicted to be between 15 and 30 mph. The winds had been predicted to start out Wednesday and be at their worst Thursday afternoon.

“Potential scattered power outages especially w/ trees still fully leaved,” the service mentioned on Twitter. “Can’t rule out some isolated structural damage as well.”

[Strong to Damaging Winds]

Increasing as we speak, peaking @ Thurs afternoon into Thurs night, subsiding Friday into Saturday.

Potential scattered energy outages particularly w/ bushes nonetheless absolutely leaved. Can’t rule out some remoted structural injury as effectively.#MAwx #RIwx #CTwx pic.twitter.com/r0cDnHJQZz

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 9, 2019

Wind gusts had been already constructing on the Cape and alongside the South Shore Wednesday morning, in line with WBZ meteorologist Terry Eliasen. Nantucket had gusts hitting simply over 30 mph.

Here we go…getting gusty over components of the Cape and Islands…and it’ll stay so for not less than one other 48 hours pic.twitter.com/Ub4LlfCQaC

— Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) October 9, 2019

[Strong Winds & Building Seas] Northeast winds as much as 35 mph are leading to waves constructing 5 to 10 ft. If travelling to or from Block Island, Marthas Vineyard or Nantucket make sure that to name forward to see if ferries stay in service. #MA #RI pic.twitter.com/wJ9OzVISbs

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 9, 2019

The heavy rain is predicted for late Wednesday by way of Thursday, with between Three and 6 inches anticipated to fall inside a brief time period, the service mentioned. The storm may drop over Eight inches complete.

The highest quantities are predicted for the Cape and Islands. Boston is within the 3- to 4-inch vary, in line with the service.

With that, the service is warning of inland flooding for japanese Massachusetts, particularly for the Cape and Islands, plus all of Rhode Island.

[Inland Flooding]

Forecasting roughly 3-6 inches throughout E/SE MA & RI. Locally greater quantities w/ storm complete rainfall quantities as much as Eight inches doable now by way of Friday.

Potential city, poor-drainage points, esp alongside the coast throughout excessive tides & forecast storm surge / waves. pic.twitter.com/hFU1I3EJdM

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 9, 2019

There is also coastal flooding with waves reaching 10 to 20 ft and a 2-foot surge throughout excessive tide, the service mentioned. Some roads alongside the coast may flood as there could possibly be 1 to 2 ft of water inundation. This is a priority for japanese Massachusetts, significantly for Nantucket, and is anticipated all through excessive tides Thursday and Friday.

In addition, for MARINERS, gale to storm drive winds are forecast the peak of which shall be round late Thursday into Thursday evening with gusts up round 60 kts (70 mph) doable for the outer waters.

Dangerous boating situations for all vessels as waves construct as much as 25 ft. https://t.co/3UeMprAcb7

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 9, 2019

“Flooding would be worse, but tides are astronomically low right now,” Boston 25 News meteorologist Shiri Spear mentioned.

Big waves & seaside erosion anticipated on South Shore, Cape & Islands. Flooding can be worse, however tides are astronomically low proper now. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/qiBtDvreq3

— Shiri Spear (@ShiriSpear) October 9, 2019

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