Wind, rain blast Southeastern Mass., Cape and Islands
Parts of Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands were hit with high winds and heavy rain Friday morning as the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael moved offshore.
At 1:17 p.m., the National Weather Service reported that more than 4 inches of rain had fallen on parts of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard since Thursday afternoon, and 3.82 inches of rainfall was observed in Fairhaven.
By 3:30 p.m., the weather service was reporting more than 4.5 inches of rain on Nantucket, 4.13 inches in West Tisbury, and just over 3 inches in Wareham, Harwich, and Chatham.
Because of the heavy rainfall, a flood warning was issued for Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, and Plymouth counties on Friday morning.
“Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches are possible, with localized amounts up to 6 inches over Nantucket,” the weather service said in a statement. “This could lead to localized flash flooding, particularly in poor drainage areas.”
Several roads were flooded on Nantucket, according to Joe Hale, executive director of The Dreamland, a nonprofit film and cultural center.
“It was a real challenge getting to work,” Hale said. “Cars were abandoned in the streets because the water was so deep.”
Hale shot a video of a garbage truck and other vehicles wading through water on Easy Street, creating waves that lapped over the sidewalks.
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The #atlanticocean reared its ugly head on #Nantucket this morning. This video by our Executive Director @nantucketjoe shows the Easy Street Boat Basin behind #TheDreamland. The first of the off-season storms is making its presence known. Stay safe out there, and we’ll let you know if the flooding impacts today’s film screenings or the staging of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, this evening. #nantucketDREAMLAND
The National Weather Service warned that wind gusts would reach up to 30 to 40 miles per hour in many parts of Massachusetts, and a flash flood watch and wind advisory were issued for portions of Southeastern Massachusetts, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, where gusts were expected to reach as high as 50 miles per hour.
“This coupled with a saturated ground and fully leafed trees may result in some downed tree limbs and isolated power outages,” the weather service said.
The wind advisory for Southeastern Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard was supposed to be in effect until 3 p.m. Friday, and the wind advisory for Nantucket was to remain in effect until 5 p.m., according to the weather service.
Forecasters said the rain should exit most of the region by the afternoon.
Temperatures in the Boston area Friday were expected to reach the lower 60s, and forecasters said the weekend will be even cooler.
Friday should be mostly clear in the evening, then become partly cloudy with lows dipping to the mid-40s.
“Clouds will increase around or after midnight, with scattered showers moving into western and central areas,” forecasters said. “May also see some patchy fog develop.”
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, and highs only reaching the lower 50s in the Boston area. Saturday night will be mostly clear, with lows around 40, and Sunday should be sunny, with highs reaching the upper 50s, forecasters said.