MEMA: Update on Jose 09/17/17 Evening

3-5 inches of rain possible

From the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

Hurricane Jose (info as of 7:00 PM on 9/17/17)

As of 5:00 PM Sunday, Hurricane Jose remains a Category 1 hurricane. Jose is located about 335 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Assuming the storm follows the forecast track and stays east of Nantucket, the main impacts from this storm are expected to begin late Tuesday, with most of the impacts expected on Wednesday. The impacts will be consistent with a strong nor’easter. The main concern with Jose remains heavy rain, tropical storm force winds over southeastern Massachusetts, high surf and rip currents, minor to moderate coastal flooding, and significant beach erosion, especially on south and east facing beaches.

RAIN: Jose is expected to generate 3 to 5 inches of rain over southeast Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition, Jose is expected to produce rainfall of 1 to 3 inches of rain from Southeast NY thru coastal Maine. This rainfall could cause isolated flooding and flash flooding.

WINDS: Tropical storm force winds (sustained 39+ mph) are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch areas of southeastern MA. Wind gusts could reach 40-60 mph in that area as well, mainly Tuesday night into Wednesday. Farther to the north and west, winds could gust to 30-40 mph in the Boston to Providence corridor and less to the west in central MA. This could be enough to down some trees, large branches, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected, especially across Cape Cod and the Islands.

A change in Jose’s track to the west would result in more significant impacts, and a change in the track to the east would lessen the impacts.

MEMA continues to monitor Jose’s forecast and communicate with our public safety partners for impacts in Massachusetts.

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