Morning Storm Briefing from National Weather Service

Winds 25-35, gusts to 60, 1-2 inches of rain tonight

Here is the 6 a.m. storm briefing from the National Weather Service:

Monday Morning Briefing:

The coastal storm that we've been talking about for the past few days is set to arrive today. There is a lot to talk about, so here's a rundown of the potential hazards. Check out the images below for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them here. We'll do our best to answer them as soon as we can.

Winter Weather: Today into Tuesday
- Mix of snow, sleet, and some freezing rain expected across much of western and central MA and northern CT.
- Higher accumulations (2-4") expected across higher terrain near Berkshires and northern Worcester County. There could be as much as 1" of sleet in some areas.
- Less icing is expected than was previously forecast (now under 1/4 inch).

Wind: Strongest Later This Afternoon and Tonight
- East winds gust as high as 60-70 mph along the immediate eastern Massachusetts coast including Cape Ann, coastal Plymouth County, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island.
- Gusts of 40-50 mph expected elsewhere, except 30-40 mph in Franklin and Hampshire Counties.
- Strongest winds expected from late this afternoon into tonight, before winds subside quickly Tuesday morning.

Heavy Rain: This Evening into Tuesday Morning
- 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected, with the higher amounts in RI and eastern MA where locally higher amounts possible.
- Potential for significant urban flooding in RI and eastern MA, possibly flooding of small streams as well.

Coastal Flooding: This Evening and Tuesday Morning
- Pockets of minor coastal flooding expected along the eastern MA coast during this evening's high tide. A storm surge of around 2 ft is expected.
- More widespread minor coastal flooding is expected in the same areas with Tuesday morning's high tide, when there could also be pockets of moderate flooding. A storm surge of 3 to perhaps even 4 ft is expected.
- Most favored areas for moderate flooding include Newburyport, Scituate, and possibly Gloucester and Nantucket Harbor.
- Minor coastal flooding is also possible Tuesday morning along parts of the South Coast including Newport, Westerly, and Block Island. Coastal Flood Advisories may be issued for these locations later today.

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 411 AM EST MON JAN 23 2017 MAZ022>024-RIZ008-231715- /O.EXT.KBOX.HW.W.0001.170123T1800Z-170124T1200Z/ BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...PROVINCETOWN... VINEYARD HAVEN...NANTUCKET...BLOCK ISLAND 411 AM EST MON JAN 23 2017 ...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY... * LOCATION...CAPE COD...MARTHAS VINEYARD...NANTUCKET...AND BLOCK ISLAND. * TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. * WINDS...EAST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH. * IMPACTS...WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY WITH THE STRONGEST OF THE WINDS COMING TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. THESE WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF DOWNING A FEW TREES AND MAY RESULT IN ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES. THESE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE LOCALIZED PROPERTY DAMAGE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HIGH WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR...WITH GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER AT ANY TIME. DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES...AND PROPERTY ARE POSSIBLE WITH WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE. POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY. TAKE ACTION TO SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.

Coastal Flood Watch

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
400 AM EST MON JAN 23 2017

MAZ022>024-231700-
/O.NEW.KBOX.CF.Y.0001.170124T0000Z-170124T0400Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.CF.A.0001.170124T1100Z-170124T1700Z/
BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
400 AM EST MON JAN 23 2017

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING...
...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY...
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING. A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH
HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT TUESDAY MORNING.

* LOCATION...CAPE COD...MARTHAS VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...1 TO 2 FEET THIS EVENING. AS MUCH AS 3 TO 4
  FEET TUESDAY MORNING.

* TIMING...WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF HIGH TIDE THIS EVENING AND AGAIN
  TUESDAY MORNING.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...POCKETS OF MINOR FLOODING THIS EVENING.
  WIDESPREAD MINOR FLOODING TUESDAY MORNING WITH POCKETS OF
  MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION LIKELY ON EAST
  FACING SHORELINES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR MINOR COASTAL FLOODING OF THE MOST
VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR BASEMENTS DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE OR WAVE
SPLASHOVER. THE MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES.
THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE...AND IMPACT ON PROPERTY IS MINIMAL.

A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR MODERATE OR MAJOR COASTAL
FLOODING. MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING PRODUCES WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF VULNERABLE
SHORE ROADS AND/OR BASEMENTS DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM TIDE AND/OR WAVE
ACTION. NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES ARE NEEDED. LIVES MAY BE AT RISK FOR PEOPLE WHO
PUT THEMSELVES IN HARMS WAY. ISOLATED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE MAY BE POSSIBLE.

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TIME OF HIGH TOTAL TIDES ARE APPROXIMATE TO THE NEAREST HOUR.

SANDWICH / DENNIS

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     9.9-10.4    23/08 AM    1.1/ 1.6     5        NONE       5-6
    10.2-10.7    23/08 PM    2.3/ 2.8    6-8       NONE       7-8
    12.3-12.8    24/08 AM    3.2/ 3.7    5-9      MINOR       7-10
     9.3- 9.8    24/09 PM    1.3/ 1.8    3-5       NONE       4-6
     9.8-10.3    25/09 AM    0.5/ 1.0    2-4       NONE       3-5
     8.5- 9.0    25/10 PM    0.2/ 0.7     1        NONE       1-2
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PROVINCETOWN HARBOR

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     10.0-10.5    23/08 AM    0.7/ 1.1    4-5       NONE       4-5
    10.2-10.7    23/08 PM    1.9/ 2.3     6        NONE        6
    12.2-12.7    24/09 AM    2.7/ 3.2    4-5      MINOR       4-5
     9.8-10.3    24/09 PM    1.3/ 1.8     4        NONE        3
    10.2-10.7    25/09 AM    0.5/ 1.0    3-4       NONE        3
     9.0- 9.5    25/10 PM    0.2/ 0.8     2        NONE        2
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CHATHAM - EAST COAST

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     6.4- 6.9    23/09 AM    1.1/ 1.6    9-10      NONE      10-11
     7.3- 7.8    23/09 PM    2.7/ 3.2   13-18      NONE      14-20
     8.2- 8.7    24/09 AM    2.7/ 3.2   15-22     MINOR      17-24
     5.5- 6.0    24/10 PM    1.0/ 1.5    8-9       NONE       9-11
     5.9- 6.4    25/10 AM    0.4/ 0.9    5-8       NONE       7-9
     4.7- 5.2    25/11 PM    0.1/ 0.6     4        NONE       5-6
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CHATHAM - SOUTH COAST

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     4.7- 5.2    23/09 AM    1.2/ 1.7     3        NONE       3-4
     5.2- 5.7    23/09 PM    2.3/ 2.8     3        NONE       5-6
     6.2- 6.7    24/10 AM    2.6/ 3.1    3-5       NONE       4-6
     3.9- 4.4    24/10 PM    1.0/ 1.5    3-4       NONE        3
     4.0- 4.5    25/10 AM    0.4/ 0.9     3        NONE       2-3
     3.0- 3.5    25/11 PM    0.1/ 0.6    2-3       NONE        2
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NANTUCKET HARBOR

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     4.2- 4.7    23/09 AM    1.2/ 1.7     5       MINOR        5
     4.7- 5.2    23/09 PM    2.2/ 2.7    5-6      MINOR       5-6
     5.9- 6.4    24/09 AM    2.7/ 3.2    4-5    MINOR-MDT     4-5
     3.2- 3.7    24/10 PM    0.9/ 1.4    3-4       NONE       3-4
     3.6- 4.1    25/10 AM    0.4/ 0.9    3-4       NONE       3-4
     2.3- 2.8    25/11 PM    0.0/ 0.5    2-3       NONE       2-3
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NANTUCKET EAST COAST - EROSION IMPACTS

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     4.7- 5.2    23/09 AM    1.3/ 1.8     9        NONE        10
     5.6- 6.1    23/09 PM    2.7/ 3.2   10-11   MINOR-MDT    12-14
     6.4- 6.9    24/09 AM    2.8/ 3.4   11-12    MODERATE    12-15
     3.7- 4.2    24/10 PM    1.0/ 1.5    7-8       NONE       8-9
     4.0- 4.5    25/10 AM    0.4/ 0.9    5-7       NONE       6-8
     2.8- 3.4    25/11 PM    0.0/ 0.5    4-5       NONE       4-5
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NANTUCKET - MADAKET AREA EROSION IMPACTS

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     3.4- 3.9    23/08 AM    1.1/ 1.6    3-4       NONE       3-4
     4.2- 4.7    23/09 PM    2.2/ 2.7    6-9       NONE       6-9
     4.7- 5.2    24/09 AM    2.3/ 2.8    6-9       NONE       6-9
     2.7- 3.2    24/10 PM    0.8/ 1.3    4-6       NONE       4-6
     2.7- 3.2    25/10 AM    0.2/ 0.8    4-5       NONE       4-5
     2.0- 2.5    25/11 PM    0.0/ 0.5    3-4       NONE       3-4
:

VINEYARD HAVEN

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     3.2- 3.7    23/09 AM    1.7/ 2.2    3-4       NONE       4-5
     4.2- 4.7    23/09 PM    3.1/ 3.6     6        NONE        6
     4.2- 4.7    24/09 AM    2.7/ 3.2    4-5       NONE       3-5
     2.2- 2.7    24/09 PM    0.9/ 1.4    1-2       NONE        2
     1.9- 2.3    25/10 AM    0.2/ 0.8     1        NONE       1-2
     1.4- 1.9    25/10 PM    0.1/ 0.6     1        NONE        1
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BUZZARDS BAY - WOODS HOLE

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     2.8- 3.4    23/05 AM    1.0/ 1.5    2-3       NONE       2-3
     4.0- 4.5    23/05 PM    2.3/ 2.8     3        NONE        3
     4.0- 4.5    24/06 AM    2.0/ 2.5     3        NONE        3
     2.8- 3.4    24/06 PM    1.2/ 1.7     1        NONE        1
     2.2- 2.7    25/07 AM    0.2/ 0.7    1-2       NONE       1-2
     2.1- 2.6    25/07 PM    0.2/ 0.8     1        NONE        1
:

WINGS NECK

      TOTAL                                                   RISK
       TIDE      DAY/TIME     SURGE     WAVES      FLOOD     WAVES
       /FT/                    /FT/      /FT/    CATEGORY     /FT/
   -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------
     4.0- 4.5    23/04 AM    0.6/ 1.1     3        NONE        3
     4.7- 5.2    23/05 PM    1.7/ 2.2     3        NONE        3
     5.4- 5.9    24/05 AM    1.7/ 2.2    1-3       NONE       1-3
     4.5- 5.0    24/06 PM    1.4/ 1.9    1-2       NONE       1-2
     4.2- 4.7    25/06 AM    0.2/ 0.8    1-2       NONE       1-2
     3.7- 4.2    25/06 PM    0.4/ 0.9     1        NONE        1

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