BCREPC On Alert For Approaching Storm

Multi-agency coordination center activates at 10 p.m.

BCREPC On Alert For Approaching Storm

A high wind warning in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands from 6 p.m. Sunday evening to 6 a.m. Monday. Winds will be from the southeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph possible early Monday. Possible impacts include damage to trees, power lines, and property especially given that trees remain fully leafed. Power outages are expected. Take action to secure loose outdoor objects. Avoid walking or driving near trees.

BARNSTABLE (MA) October 29, 2017 – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) is on alert as a weather system races northward up the Eastern Seaboard today and passes through New England tonight, lifting into Canada on Monday. The storm will bring a period of very strong winds and heavy rain, with the worst of the weather focused during the overnight hours tonight to near dawn on Monday. In anticipation of the hazardous weather, the National Weather Service has hoisted a High Wind Warning and Flash Flood Watch.

While wind-driven torrential downpours are expected, leading to some areas of street flooding and hazardous travel, the main threat for our area is the wind. It is likely that the entire Cape will see wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph. Given most of our trees still have foliage, this will lead to some areas of tree/limb damage and thus some power outages around the area.

There is a short window of time in the pre-dawn hours on Monday when wind gusts in excess of 65 mph may develop across the area with the potential for hurricane force gusts to 75 mph, especially on the Outer Cape. Wind gusts to hurricane force would cause more widespread tree and limb damage and greater chances for power outages. Cape and Islands residents are encouraged to take note of these conditions, secure their properties prior to the storm’s arrival, and be prepared for power outages.

STATUS: The BCREPC Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) operated by the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team will be activated at 10 p.m. Sunday night.

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