MEMA Statement on Today’s Storm


Storm Updates, Uncategorized / Thursday, January 24th, 2019

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

Situation

The National Weather Service has issued an updated forecast for today’s storm which calls for rain (up to 3” in some areas) and potential for flooding, strong and potentially damaging winds (gusts to 65 MPH in the southeast), and pockets of minor coastal flooding along the south coast.

From the National Weather Service:

The primary change with this morning’s forecast update is the issuance of a Coastal Flood Advisory for south coastal RI through Buzzards Bay MA.  This is for the high tide this morning, around 10AM/11AM.

What / Where / When … 

  • Periods of heavy rain, potential for flash flooding … FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect (through late tonight)

o   For all of S New England, especially S&E areas.

o   Rain continues to overspread this morning

o   Forecast 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, locally higher amounts.

o   Lingering snow and ice melt will add to this issue, along with any clogged drains.

o   Snow cover and/or hardened ground, any and all rain likely to runoff.

o   Urban / poor drainage flooding, potential for flooded basements.

o   Minor river flooding possible.

  • Strong to damaging winds, potential for downed limbs, trees, power outages

o   HIGH WIND WARNING for SE-coastal MA & RI (9 am to 7 pm).

o   WIND ADVISORY for E-coastal MA & N RI (9 am to 5 pm).

o   Strongest mid morning into afternoon, gusts up to 60 mph.

o   For all of Southern New England especially S&E areas of MA & CT, as well as all of RI.

  • Gales winds and high seas … GALE WARNINGS posted on all waters (1 am to 9 pm)

o   Strongest winds Thursday morning into Thursday afternoon; gusts up to 50 knots.

o   Highest seas Thursday afternoon; seas up to 20 feet.

  • Minor Coastal Flooding Possible

o   South Coastal RI and MA

o   Around time of high tide (10AM/11AM)

o   Pockets of minor coastal flooding/splashover possible.

o   Coastal Flood Statement issued for RI/S coastal MA.

Uncertainty … 

  • We remain confident concerning the heavy rain and flooding threat.
  • However we have lower confidence concerning the exact strength of strong to damaging winds.

o   Whether we see 40 to 50 mph gusts versus 50 to 60 mph gusts in those areas under wind-related headlines.   The risk increases in thunderstorms.

 

Watches, Warnings and Advisories:

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: January 24 at 6:50AM EST
Expiring: January 24 at 6:00PM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire
Special Weather Statement
Issued: January 24 at 6:48AM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Western Franklin
Special Weather Statement
Issued: January 24 at 6:42AM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Southern Berkshire
Special Weather Statement
Issued: January 24 at 5:58AM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Northern Berkshire
Wind Advisory
Issued: January 24 at 4:09AM EST
Expiring: January 24 at 5:00PM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Bristol; Southeast Middlesex; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Norfolk
High Wind Warning
Issued: January 24 at 4:09AM EST
Expiring: January 24 at 7:00PM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Western Plymouth
Flash Flood Watch
Issued: January 24 at 4:07AM EST
Expiring: January 25 at 1:00AM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth
Coastal Flood Advisory
Issued: January 24 at 4:03AM EST
Expiring: January 24 at 2:00PM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth

MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

Stay Informed:

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

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

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service Boston/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

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