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Better get out your slicker. Wind and rain are coming to Massachusetts as the remnants of Hurricane Michael approach and sweep past the state.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for all of Massachusetts.

Much of the interior of the region, where the watches are in effect from Thursday morning to evening, can expect 1 to 2 inches, forecasters said.

Rain amounts are expected to be higher in southern and eastern portions of the state, with forecasters warning of up to 6 inches of rain on the Cape and Islands. The flash flood watch there is in effect from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

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Amounts could be higher than predicted if thunderstorms fire up, the forecasters warned.

With the ground saturated from earlier wet weather and heavy rain possibly falling in a short period of time, “Flash flooding is certainly possible,” forecasters said in a discussion posted on the Internet.

“Streams and small rivers are running much higher than normal, and the ground remains fairly saturated from a series of heavy rainfall events from late September into early October. Therefore, the region is vulnerable to flash flooding,” the forecasters said.

Gale force winds with gusts up to 40 knots are expected over Southern New England and adjacent waters in two phases, late Thursday into Thursday evening, and Friday morning, the forecasters said.

Forecasters said they couldn’t rule out isolated wind damage, especially as Michael passes southeast of Nantucket around Friday morning and afterward.

The forecasters issued a gale watch, saying winds could blow 20 to 30 knots with 40-knot gusts during the two phases, with a lull between them around Thursday night.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.