A powerful coastal storm is being forecast for southern New England for Tuesday into Wednesday that could pack powerful and destructive winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Dukes County is under a high wind warning as a result for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph are expected with gusts of 65 mph and higher, Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Norton office, told The Times. Southern New England could get 2 to 3 inches of rain, perhaps more, he said. The storm could also produce coastal flooding.
The path of the storm is harder to predict than a tropical storm or hurricane, Simpson said. “It’s going to stall south of the Cape and loop around and then come north,” he said. The jet stream will determine how the storm loops back and that remains to be seen. “We have a pretty good idea,” he said.
The storm “will have the potential for significant impacts of significant rainfall and the potential for urban, poor drainage, river and stream flooding to flash flooding across all of Southern New England, damaging winds across Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and minor coastal flooding across multiple high tide cycles across East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands,” the NWS reported.
Because there is significant foliage remaining on trees, there is the possibility of significant tree damage and, in turn, power outages, Simpson said.
Will there be ferry cancellations? “Absolutely,” Simpson predicted.
On Monday morning, the Steamship Authority issued a travel advisory for its customers.
“Service disruptions are possible as early as Tuesday morning for high-speed service on the Nantucket route and are likely starting late morning and early afternoon on both the Vineyard route and the Nantucket route,” the SSA alert states.