Local Statement for Dorian (Boston, MA)

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Hurricane Dorian Local Statement Advisory Number 48
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA  AL052019
531 AM EDT Thu Sep 5 2019

This product covers Southern New England

 **A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Cape and Islands**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Barnstable MA, Dukes 
      MA, and Nantucket MA

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barnstable MA, Dukes 
      MA, and Nantucket MA

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 840 miles southwest of Nantucket MA
    - 31.7N 79.5W
    - Storm Intensity 115 mph
    - Movement North or 10 degrees at 8 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Hurricane Dorian is forecast to pass about 150 miles south of 
Nantucket late Friday night before moving further offshore Saturday. 
Strong winds, heavy rainfall and high surf will be the main impacts, 
with the strongest wind and heaviest rain occurring late Friday night 
into early Saturday. Tropical storm watches have been issued for Cape 
Cod and Nantucket.

North winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph late Friday night over
Nantucket and the outer Cape with occasional gusts to 60 mph possible.
Total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible with minor urban poor
drainage flooding. A storm surge of 2 to 2.5 feet is possible during
the Saturday morning high tide which may bring minor coastal flooding
to Nantucket Harbor. 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across
Cape Cod and the Islands. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Downed trees and power lines. 
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or
      heavily wooded places.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent 
      in areas with above ground lines.

Also, prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts 
across southeast MA.

* SURGE:
Minor coastal flooding is possible along Nantucket Harbor during the
high tide Saturday morning.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited
impacts across Cape Cod and the Islands. Potential impacts include:
    - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually 
      vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water 
      occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. 
      Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and 
      begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures. 

Elsewhere across Southern New England, little to no impact is 
anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
WATCH/WARNING PHASE - Listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies 
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your 
home or business.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news 
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes 
to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Boston/Norton MA around Noon EDT, or sooner if conditions 
warrant.

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