Tropical Storm Watch Upgraded To Warning For Newport, RI

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As Hurricane Jose heads north towards Newport County, the Tropical Storm Watch announced Sunday has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning.

At 11:32 am Monday, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Newport County. This is an upgraded alert from the Tropical Storm Watch issued for the area yesterday. For the layman, this shift doesn’t really mean that much. For emergency personnel, however, there are a lot of procedures they have to follow once the word “Watch” changes to “Warning”

Tropical Storm Warning Issued For Newport County



What’s the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning?

A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. A WARNING requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously.

Here is the National Weather Service alert:

… TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT… A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS TROPICAL STORM WIND CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THIS AREA AND WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS * LOCATIONS AFFECTED – NEWPORT * WIND – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS REMAIN POSSIBLE – PEAK WIND FORECAST: 15-25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: MODERATE – THE WIND THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. – EMERGENCY PLANNING SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR STRONG TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND OF 58 TO 73 MPH. – TO BE SAFE, EARNESTLY PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF SIGNIFICANT WIND IMPACTS. EFFORTS SHOULD NOW BE UNDERWAY TO SECURE ALL PROPERTIES. – DANGEROUS WIND IS POSSIBLE. FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SHELTER MAY RESULT IN INJURY. – POTENTIAL IMPACTS: SIGNIFICANT – SOME DAMAGE TO ROOFING AND SIDING MATERIALS, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, AND SHEDS. A FEW BUILDINGS EXPERIENCING WINDOW, DOOR, AND GARAGE DOOR FAILURES. MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED, ESPECIALLY IF UNANCHORED. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BECOME DANGEROUS PROJECTILES. – SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SEVERAL FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. – SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. A FEW BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. – SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN AREAS WITH ABOVE GROUND LINES. * STORM SURGE – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: LOCALIZED STORM SURGE POSSIBLE – PEAK STORM SURGE INUNDATION: THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 2 FEET ABOVE GROUND SOMEWHERE WITHIN SURGE PRONE AREAS – WINDOW OF CONCERN: BEGINS EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED – THE STORM SURGE THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. – EMERGENCY PLANS SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR PEAK STORM SURGE FLOODING OF GREATER THAN 1 FOOT ABOVE GROUND. – TO BE SAFE, PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF LIMITED STORM SURGE FLOODING IMPACTS. EFFORTS SHOULD NOW BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETION BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE. – LOCALIZED INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS. CONSIDER VOLUNTARY EVACUATION IF RECOMMENDED. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY IF EVACUATION ORDERS ARE ISSUED. – POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LIMITED – LOCALIZED INUNDATION WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING MAINLY ALONG IMMEDIATE SHORELINES AND IN LOW-LYING SPOTS, OR IN AREAS FARTHER INLAND NEAR WHERE HIGHER SURGE WATERS MOVE ASHORE. – SECTIONS OF NEAR-SHORE ROADS AND PARKING LOTS BECOME OVERSPREAD WITH SURGE WATER. DRIVING CONDITIONS DANGEROUS IN PLACES WHERE SURGE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. – MODERATE BEACH EROSION. HEAVY SURF ALSO BREACHING DUNES, MAINLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE LOCATIONS. STRONG RIP CURRENTS. – MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE DAMAGE TO MARINAS, DOCKS, BOARDWALKS, AND PIERS. A FEW SMALL CRAFT BROKEN AWAY FROM MOORINGS. * FLOODING RAIN – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: – PEAK RAINFALL AMOUNTS: 4-8 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED – THE FLOODING RAIN THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. – EMERGENCY PLANNING SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR MINOR FLOODING WHERE PEAK RAINFALL TOTALS ARE NEAR AMOUNTS CONDUCIVE FOR LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING AND RAPID INUNDATION. – TO BE SAFE, PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF LIMITED FLOODING RAIN IMPACTS. – LOCALIZED FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. IF FLOOD RELATED WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE ISSUED, HEED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS. – POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LIMITED – LOCALIZED RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT A FEW EVACUATIONS. – RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, ARROYOS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME SWOLLEN AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS. – FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER A FEW STRUCTURES, ESPECIALLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE SPOTS. A FEW PLACES WHERE RAPID PONDING OF WATER OCCURS AT UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SEVERAL STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS BECOME NEAR-FULL AND BEGIN TO OVERFLOW. SOME BRIEF ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES. * TORNADO – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: – SITUATION IS UNFAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: NONE – THE TORNADO THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. – EMERGENCY PLANNING NEED NOT INCLUDE A THREAT FOR TORNADOES. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH STRONG GUSTY WINDS MAY STILL OCCUR. – LITTLE TO NO PREPARATIONS NEEDED TO GUARD AGAINST TROPICAL TORNADOES. – ENSURE READINESS FOR THE NEXT TROPICAL TORNADO EVENT. – POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LITTLE TO NONE – LITTLE TO NO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM TORNADOES. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: – HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/BOX

So once again, the weather over the next few days will be pretty crappy. As long as everyone takes reasonable precautions and no one’s an idiot, we shouldn’t have too much to worry about. After all, pretty much everyone in Newport is living in a house that has survived a direct hit from a hurricane or two.

Also, take a lesson from RITBA and don’t walk around on the Newport Bridge the next two days.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Weather Correspondent


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