Nor’easter headed for the Vineyard

We can expect some flooding and ferry cancellations Saturday as a nor'easter bears down on the region. This is the VH Shell station during a March nor'easter.

Updated at 5 pm 

Islanders hoping to get home or to travel off-Island on Friday and Saturday would be well served to make a backup plan. Those already home should prepare for a powerful nor’easter headed this way.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton has issued a coastal flood watch from the New Hampshire border to Nantucket, including the entire eastern coastline of Massachusetts, from Friday morning at 7 am through Saturday morning at 7 am.

According to an NWS press release, “Damage possible along with widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements. Some vulnerable homes may be severely damaged or destroyed … Evacuation of neighborhoods may be necessary.”

Three high tides from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon could each produce storm surges from two to three feet. Island tides are posted on page 11 of the Community section in The Times.

The Coast Guard has issued a warning that 20-foot seas are possible. 

At 4:50 pm Wednesday, the Steamship Authority issued an alert advising customers of possible ferry cancellations. “Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, the Steamship Authority anticipates possible service disruptions on FridaySaturday and possibly Sunday,” the notice stated. “The Steamship Authority is continuing to monitor the pending storm and will issue further travel advisories and updates as revised forecasts from the National Weather Service are released.”

The Times will post ferry cancellations as they become available.