Storm with strong winds in the forecast

With the wind howling and some rain falling, the Steamship Authority has canceled its first ferries. They’re not likely to be the last one to be canceled over the next couple of days.

The following crossings have been canceled:

MV KATAMA 2:50 pm crossing from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole.

MV KATAMA 4:05 pm Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs.

MV KATAMA 5:20 pm Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole

MV KATAMA 6:30 pm Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven

MV ISLAND HOME 8:30 pm Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven

MV ISLAND HOME 9:30 pm Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole

MV NANTUCKET 9:45 pm Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven

The following trips departing or arriving in Oak Bluffs have been diverted to Vineyard Haven.

MV NANTUCKET to Woods Hole 10:45 am

MV NANTUCKET from Woods Hole 9:30 am

MV KATAMA from Woods Hole 11:05 am

MV NANTUCKET from Woods Hole 12 pm

MV KATAMA to Woods Hole 12:20 pm

MV NANTUCKET to Woods Hole 1:15 pm

MV KATAMA from Woods Hole 1:35 pm

M/V NANTUCKET from Woods Hole 2:30pm

MV KATAMA to Woods Hole 2:50 pm (now canceled)

MV NANTUCKET to Woods Hole 3:45 pm

MV KATAMA from Woods Hole 4:05 pm

MV NANTUCKET from Woods Hole 5 pm

MV KATAMA to Woods Hole 5:20 pm

MV NANTUCKET to Woods Hole 6:15 pm

According to a Tweet, Hy-Line has cancelled its service for Wednesday to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

A fall nor’easter, with sustained winds predicted for 40 to 50 mph on Thursday, is prompting other weather-related advisories. The storm is expected to linger from Wednesday into Saturday morning.

The Town of Tisbury issued a warning to boat owners. “You are solely responsible for your vessel and the damage caused by your vessel,” the advisory warns. “This is the time to complete your plan for your vessel.” The town provides recommendations for boat owners at http://bit.ly/Tisburyboats

Meanwhile, Lagoon Pond Bridge is operating on 24-hour “If you require an opening in an emergency situation please contact the Harbor Dept. office at 508-696-4249. If unable to reach the Harbor Dept. please contact the Communications Center at 508-693-1212.”

The Harbor Department is also pulling dinghy floats at Owen Park at 1 pm Tuesday. Dinghy owners are asked to remove them in advance of the storm.

Meanwhile, the SSA issued the following warning Tuesday afternoon.

“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.”

For additional information please refer to www.weather.gov/boston.

Customers are advised to check the authority’s website for further updates.

To make or modify a reservation please call 508.477.8600, online at www.steamshipauthority.com, or visit one of the terminals.