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[LincolnTalk] Fwd: Situational Awareness Statement: Long Duration Coastal Storm to Impact Massachusetts Wednesday through Friday

Bob Antia
FYI, it's going to be wet and windy for the next couple of days. 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency



October 9, 2019, 8:15AM


Re:  Long Duration Coastal Storm to Impact Massachusetts Wednesday through Friday



The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a significant, impactful, and potentially dangerous coastal storm event, beginning today and lasting until Friday.  Strong to damaging winds, inland flooding, and minor to moderate coastal flooding are forecast.  Since trees are still leaf-covered, scattered power outages may occur.  Additionally, dangerous sea conditions will persist on all waters, from today through Saturday.  Please see details from NWS below (noted in blue). 




Strong to damaging winds

  • COAST: Forecast NE max winds sustained 20 to 40 mph, gusts 40 to 60 mph
  • INTERIOR: Forecast NE max winds sustained 15 to 25 mph, gusts 25 to 45 mph
  • Scattered tree damage, power outages
  • Biggest impact for MA & RI coastal communities, especially the Cape & Islands
  • Developing today, height of winds around Thursday afternoon, diminishing Friday

Inland flooding

  • Excessive rainfall risk with short duration 3 to 6 inch amounts, storm total in excess of 8-inches
  • Urban, poor drainage flooding especially for coastal communities during high tide + storm surge
  • Eastern MA & all of RI, especially the Cape & Islands
  • Heaviest rain late tonight through Thursday night

Minor to moderate coastal flooding

  • Around 2 foot surge with high tides + 10 to 20 foot waves
  • Flooding near shore roads, potential closures, inundation of 1 to 2 feet possible
  • Eastern MA, especially Nantucket
  • Over multiple high tide cycles Thursday and Friday
  • Significant beach erosion anticipated

Gale to storm force winds along with dangerous seas

  • Dangerous sea conditions for all vessels, rescues possible
  • Prolonged period of NE gale to storm force winds now through Friday evening
  • Forecast NE max winds sustained 25 to 45 knots, gusts 35 to 55 knots 
  • OUTER WATERS: Forecast max wave heights 15 to 25 feet
  • INNER WATERS (bays and sounds): Forecast max wave heights 5 to 15  feet
  • Impacts to all waters, building today into Thursday, height around Thursday afternoon into evening, diminishing Friday into Saturday

NWS Graphics:








Current Watches and Warnings



Partner Agency Updates:

Department of Public Utilities

MEMA is coordinating with the DPU regarding utility preparations.    


Steamship Authority:

The Steamship Authority is monitoring a coastal storm that has the potential to bring 40-60 mph wind gusts to the Cape and Islands. The National Weather Service forecast calls for the height of the storm to hit Thursday and Friday. Service disruptions on both routes are possible during this time period. Customers are advised to check the Authority’s website for further updates.


Logan Airport

Logan is expecting delays and cancellations later today and tomorrow as result of this storm.  Wind gusts in excess of 20 knots and low cloud ceilings will slow down airport capacity.


State and Local Operations

MEMA will host a conference call with municipal and state partners at 11:00am, to receive the latest forecast information from the National Weather Service and to coordinate any unmet needs as the Commonwealth prepares for this storm system. 


The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the storm event.  Absent any significant forecast changes, MEMA will distribute another SAS Thursday morning.   


MEMA has been in touch with Emergency Management Directors on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the South Coast, to ensure advance coordination is in place.  Currently, communities are monitoring the storm event, and no plans to open EOCs or shelter have been reported to MEMA. 


Preparedness and Safety Information

·        Safety and preparedness tips for nor’easters and coastal storms:


·        Power outage preparedness and safety information:


·        Flood safety tips:



Stay Informed:

For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)


Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html


Online Resources:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page:
MEMA Twitter:
Federal Emergency Management Agency at
National Weather Service Boston/ Norton, MA  at
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center:

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  www.spc.noaa.gov/
Northeast River Forecast Center:

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Mass211 at www.mass211.org



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