Tropical Storm Watch Declared For Newport County, The Northeast Coastline

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With Hurricane Jose heading north towards Rhode Island, a tropical storm watch has been announced from Delaware to Plymouth, MA.

As it heads northward towards Newport, Hurricane Jose has strengthened and has winds blowing at 90mph. It is currently ~680 miles south of Nantucket. The Tropical Storm Watch that has been declared says that Newport County should expect sustained winds of 35-40 mph from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

Hurrican Jose Path Sunday September 17

As we observed when we announced the possibility that Hurricane Jose could hit Newport, the likely track of the storm has it heading north towards us, then veering to the east at the last minute, hopefully leaving us with at worst, a near miss. That said, a near-miss from a hurricane is still not a fortuitous event.



An unfortunate way the end the Newport International Boat Show

There will be a lot of boats loaded up onto trailers and heading back over the Newport Bridge on Monday. They were going to be rushed regardless, as the bridge construction lane closures were scheduled to start on Tuesday. We suspect that this weather event might be altering the start of those construction plans. [UPDATE: The start of Bridge Construction has been delayed until Thursday.] That said, we’ve got a lot of boat captains who have probably already had to make a big decision of where to put their boats as a hurricane is inbound.

The actual Tropical Storm Watch

In more government weather-speak:

… TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT… * LOCATIONS AFFECTED – NEWPORT * WIND – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: EQUIVALENT TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND – PEAK WIND FORECAST: 30-40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH – WINDOW FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS: TUESDAY AFTERNOON UNTIL WEDNESDAY EVENING – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: MODERATE – 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: UP TO 2 FEET. – THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING WITH AREAS OF 1 TO 3 FEET OF INUNDATION. – POTENTIAL IMPACTS: SOME COASTAL ROADS AND RESIDENTIAL BASEMENTS MAY BE FLOODED. SOME PROTECTIVE DUNES MAY BE SEVERELY ERODED. * FLOODING RAIN – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: – PEAK RAINFALL AMOUNTS: 1-3 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS – CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED – 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 – 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

Be careful out there.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Hurricane Correspondent


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