Heavy rain and strong, potentially damaging winds began moving across New England Monday afernoon, leaving thousands of people without power in Massachusetts.
A simulation model the National Weather Service tweeted Monday morning showed rain moving across the region from this morning through the evening.
[Precip Today] Here is one model's prediction for rain this afternoon and evening. Showers and high winds will ramp up late morning and will persist through the overnight hours. More than 2 inches of rain is possible across RI and SE MA. #MAwx #RIwx #CTwx pic.twitter.com/YchHxeGehu— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) November 30, 2020
At about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the weather service said on Twitter that rain was beginning to move across the region, and some street flooding would be possible.
By about 4:30 p.m., Boston had seen a quarter-inch of rain while Worcester had seen 1.5 inches, according to the weather service.
The storm will move east, and by 7 p.m., Rhode Island and a larger portion of Massachusetts, including towns like Springfield, Amherst and Worcester could experience thunderstorms, according to the weather service.
As the storm continues to move east, parts of southeastern Massachusetts and southern Rhode Island could see thunderstorms by 10 p.m., when the storm will have dissipated for parts of western Massachusetts, which could still see rain.
A high wind warning is in effect for central and southern Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands, and some North Shore communities from 3 p.m. Monday through 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 to 60 miles per hour are expected, forecasters said.
Forecasters warned wind gusts could blow down some trees and power lines, with the possibility of scattered power outages.
More impactful weather will move across the region in the afternoon and evening, forecasters said. The weather service anticipates maximum wind gusts of 55 miler per hour for Boston and the North Shore, while Cape and Islands communities like Provincetown, Hyannis, and Nantucket could see up to 60 mile-per-hour winds.
By 5:40 p.m., a 56 mile-per-hour gust had been recorded near Needham, Mass., and a 54 mile-per-hour gust had been recorded near Winthrop, Mass., the weather service said on Twitter. The strong winds were expected to continue from 7 p.m. through 10 p.m. and then subside, according to the tweet.
In Rhode Island, Providence and Newport could see up to 60-mile-per-hour winds.