Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday 4/20/19 – Heavy Rainfall/Flood/Strong Wind Potential

Hello to all…

..Heavy Rainfall may cause flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and small streams and rivers today through tonight in Western and Central New England. Strong wind gusts may occur across Central and Eastern New England today as it did Friday through the winds will likely be a bit less than Friday with most wind gusts in the 30-40 MPH range with isolated higher gusts in hilly terrain and some coastal areas..
..A Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday Night for Northern Connecticut and Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester Counties of Massachusetts for widespread 1-2″ of rainfall with isolated higher amounts in areas that receive heavier showers or training areas of heavy rain. This rainfall may cause flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and some small rivers and streams..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor heavy rainfall, flooding and strong wind potential..

Yesterday, rainfall was relatively light but warmer temperatures allowed strong south and southwesterly winds cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage with wind gusts in the 40-55 MPH range. Below are some of the damage reports and strong wind gusts:

NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Report:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

Rainfall will be heavier today and will spread eastward across Southern New England today through tonight. Most areas have rainfall under 1″ as of 930 AM but a few isolated locations have reached over 1″ of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Flood Watches continue for Northern Connecticut and Western and Central Massachusetts through Saturday Night. Areas outside of the Flood Watch could receive rainfall of around 1″ and if it falls fast enough, a few areas of urban and poor drainage flooding. Strong wind gusts are possible again today but should remain a bit lower than yesterday with wind gusts of 30-40 MPH with isolated higher gusts possible. This will be monitored in case they are stronger and more widespread than currently anticipated.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor heavy rainfall, flooding and strong wind potential. This may be the only update on the current storm situation or it could be updated with more info tonight or Sunday Morning if needed. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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