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Tropical Storm Jose dumps six inches of rain on Nantucket

People watched the powerful surf hit Nauset Beach as high tide approached.
People watched the powerful surf hit Nauset Beach as high tide approached.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tropical Storm Jose had dumped a total of six inches of rain on Nantucket, with three inches falling in the space of a couple hours Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Minor flooding was possible as a result of the downpour, the most significant impact since Jose started churning off the coast of Cape Cod and the Islands.

In Hyannis, one to two inches of rain had fallen, while Boston had only 1/4 of an inch, meteorologist Bill Simpson said.

Jose will continue to drift westward while weakening overnight and over the next two or three days, with winds dissipating from a peak of 58 mph in Nantucket Thursday afternoon.


“At this point, people should mostly be worried about rip currents on the beach - they should be taken seriously,” Simpson said.

The weather service also reported that several dozen trees had been damaged or felled due to the tropical storm winds Thursday, and advised that winds could continue to down “some branches and even a few unhealthy trees late this morning into this evening” throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

The Steamship Authority canceled ferry service to Nantucket for the entire day because of the weather conditions, said Bob Davis, general manager of the Steamship Authority.

On its website, the authority said it “expects trip cancellations Friday” to Nantucket due to Jose.

Ferry rides to Martha’s Vineyard are “expected to resume Friday on a trip-by-trip basis as soon as the wind and sea conditions improve,” the website said.

Minor coastal flooding is possible along the Massachusetts coast from Scituate to the bay side of Cape Cod and the Islands during high tide Thursday afternoon and night, according to the weather service.

Pockets of moderate flooding are expected on Nantucket and flooding concerns will continue into Friday’s tide cycle, according to the weather service. Waters will continue to be rough, and potentially dangerous, into the weekend as Jose wears down, Simpson said.


Forecasters noted that Hurricane Maria may stay out to sea, or change course and head towards New England sometime next week. “Be sure to stay informed,’’ forecasters wrote.

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John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed. Jake Johnson can be reached at jake.johnson@globe.com.