Flood watch issued for Thursday night

A flood watch is in effect for Thursday afternoon. - Courtesy of the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for Dukes County. The watch will be in effect from 2 pm today to Friday morning.

According to NWS meteorologist Andy Nash, the flood watch doesn’t necessarily mean that flooding will occur.

Nash explained that the flood watch is due to the “good deal of rain” from Tuesday. On Tuesday, Oak Bluffs got an inch of rain. On the Cape, Yarmouth got almost four and a half inches of rainfall.

“Any additional rain could make some flooding happen quicker than normal,” Nash said.

However, the chances of flooding are low. It will likely be in low lying, poor drainage areas.

“We’re not looking for major widespread flooding, it would be more localized,” Nash said.

The NWS advises to monitor later forecasts and keep an eye out for flood warnings.

“It’s best that everyone pays attention,” Nash said. “Most likely, it’ll rain, there will be some thunder, and nothing will happen.”




  1. What rain on Tuesday? Only the very northern part of MV got significant rain on Tuesday, and nowhere was there more than an inch of precip. The center of West Tisbury got barely a quarter of an inch (0.27″), and the southern and eastern parts of the Vineyard were equally neglected by that rain a couple of days ago. The rest of New England has had a lot of water this year, but here on MV we are pretty darn dry.

    • Do you know the difference between a weather prediction and a weather report?
      What is annoying about weather is that in one place their can be four inches of of rain and ten miles away, just a sprinkle.
      Should tornado watches be issued only if there is an actual tornado?
      Same for hurricanes?
      Should the ‘FAA’ not issue AIRMETs/SIGMETs, they do not know what the weather is going to be.

  2. Hi Tom- you obviously weren’t in Hart Haven and the Beach Road that day! Wow…what a deluge!…. Even having the wind shield wipers on high didn’t garruntee clear visibility on the road, so pulling off the road seemed to be the best option. As soon as I got to the triangle in Edgartown, it was like someone had flipped the switch to “off”!!!… Like I said, WOW!

  3. Why is Eastern Massachusetts so wet, has the climate changed or are we having long term wet weather?

  4. I don’t know why people who spent years studying meteors think they can predict the weather.

    Yeah– that’s a joke !

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