MEMA Situational Awareness Statement - 03/01/2017

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The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has issued the following Situational Awareness Report for today's weather:


DATE: 3/01/2017
TIME: 9:15 AM
SUBJECT: Severe Weather Possible Today, Strong Winds on Thursday


An initial round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move into southern New England from the west during the late morning and early afternoon today. Storms during this time have a low risk of becoming severe. A second round of storms is possible during the late afternoon and evening and a few of these storms may have the potential to become severe. The greatest risk for severe weather is in southwestern Massachusetts and Connecticut, but there is a low risk that strong storms could occur anywhere in southern New England. There is still some uncertainty with the areal extent of thunderstorm activity late Wednesday and Wednesday evening, and whether the bulk of the strong activity will remain to the south of the Commonwealth. 
Strong winds are expected during the day on Thursday, starting after sunrise and continuing through the afternoon before diminishing Thursday evening. Sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts of up to 50-55 MPH are possible. A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of southern New England from 1 AM to 7 PM Thursday.


The primary impact associated with today’s thunderstorm activity is expected to be damaging winds, but given the dynamic environment, the occurrence of an isolated brief tornado cannot be ruled out. Note: although unusual, tornadoes can occur in Massachusetts at this time of the year. For example, this past Saturday night, February 25th, an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Franklin County towns of Goshen and Conway causing widespread damage to trees and utility wires and poles, and causing extensive structural damage to at least 6 buildings in Conway.

Strong winds Thursday may cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages.

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