Archive for October 2017

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

DATE: October 30, 2017
TIME: 12:00 PM
SUBJECT: Situational Awareness Statement: Storm Impacts and Lingering Strong Winds

Situation:
Showers are forecast to linger over Massachusetts today, with the heaviest rains likely to fall on the east slopes of the Berkshires. 40-50 mph wind gusts are possible over much of the state through tonight. Winds will diminish overnight and pick up again during the day on Tuesday, with 25 mph gusts over much of the state with 35 mph gusts possible on the Cape and Islands. Conditions are expected to remain dry through midweek, with daytime highs in the mid to upper 50s and overnight lows in the mid 30s to low 40s. There is a possibility of a freeze Tuesday night if winds die down.

MEMA, DPU, National Grid, and Eversource held a conference call this morning to discuss anticipated restoration timelines. The utilities reported that their priority today is on damage assessment and handling public safety issues such as downed wires, so communities should not expect to see significant power restoration before tomorrow at the earliest (with the exception of communities in western MA that are served by Eversource; restoration may be substantially complete in those communities this evening). The utilities expect to have a better idea of an anticipated global restoration timeline within the next 24 hours, but they note this is likely to be a multi-day event.

MEMA will be hosting a conference call with local public safety officials at 2:45 PM today to provide an update on the weather forecast and power restoration activities and to talk about community plans for opening warming centers or shelters.

          

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IIGL and HMCC Region 3 Property Suffers Storm Damage

According to program manager Jim Richardson, the building that houses the HMCC Region 3 offices had a large tree section come down in the rear of the building during the overnight storm due to high winds. There are is no damage to the building and all infrastructure is functioning normally.

 

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MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

DATE: October 30, 2017
TIME: 5:00 AM

Situation:
Conditions will slowly improve early this morning as wind and rain subsides from Rhode Island into central and eastern Massachusetts. Winds currently are strongest along the east coast and in southeast Massachusetts, where gusts are between 30 MPH and 50 MPH.

The National Weather Service is forecasting continued strong winds throughout the day, with the winds shifting to the west or southwest behind the departing storm. Wind gusts may be as high as 40 to 50 mph across the state, possibly causing additional scattered downed trees, branches and power lines.

Overnight, peak wind gusts were between 65 MPH and 78 MPH in southeastern Massachusetts, and 75 MPH at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton.

Flood warnings for Minor Flooding have been issued for several rivers. Additionally, Moderate Flooding has been forecasted for the N. Nashua River in Fitchburg. See the graphic below.

Overnight, numerous downed trees, wires and poles were reported across the state. Additionally, there were numerous reports of flash flooding of streets and urban areas.

Power outages in the state are at 269,000 (down from a high of 272,000

 

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MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT DATE: 10/29/2017

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER ACTIVATION
Situation
A powerful storm is forecast to impact Massachusetts starting this afternoon and lasting into Monday.
The National Weather Service has provided the following headlines concerning this storm:
Strong to Damaging Winds
• HIGH WIND WARNING in effect tonight for all of Southern New England.
• Hurricane Force Wind Warnings are now in effect for the Northern MA Coastal Waters
• Coastal locations including the Boston to Providence corridor will experience the greatest impact
• Tonight into Monday
• Sustained southeasterly winds of 25-35 mph likely, with 50-70+ mph southeasterly wind gusts tonight across Coastal New England. 40-55 mph gusts expected Monday across the interior.
• Widespread tree damage likely along with scattered to numerous power outages; structural damage possible
• Increasing confidence that Phillippe remnants will be fully ingested into this storm, raising the potential impacts. There is an increased risk for hurricane force wind gusts, particularly across portions of E/SE MA and S RI with the risk for flooding rain a secondary threat.
Heavy Rainfall and Flood Potential
• All of Southern New England, however western CT/MA under greatest threat with a secondary max of heavy rain across eastern MA
• Beginning tonight through Monday, though heaviest rain late today into tonight
• Widespread 2 to 4 inches forecast throughout the entire forecast area, with locally higher amounts possible.
• Urban / street flooding threat mainly; risk of small stream flooding over western CT/MA
• FLASH FLOOD WATCH in remains in effect, into tonight
• The Connecticut River may enter Minor Flood Stage as impacts through Monday affect river levels.
• The Hoosic River near Williamstown may enter Minor Flood Stage as impacts through Monday affect river levels.
Uncertainty
• Low risk of a few strong to perhaps severe thunderstorms tonight across RI and eastern MA.
Storm Impacts
• Damaging winds may result in widespread tree damage, numerous power outages, and structural damage. The heaviest winds and associated damage will be in coastal areas and southeast MA, including the Cape and Islands.
• Flash flooding in urban and poor-drainage areas, including streets and in homes and businesses, is possible. The threat of flash flooding is highest in western Massachusetts, but also exists in eastern MA.
• Small stream flooding is possible, particularly in western MA, this afternoon and tonight. Risk of minor flooding along main stem rivers starting on Monday. See River Forecast graphic below.
• Thunderstorms and lightning strikes

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MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT DATE: 10/29/2017

SUBJECT: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds and Flooding Forecast for Sunday and Monday

Situation
A powerful storm is forecast to impact Massachusetts starting this afternoon and lasting into Monday.

The National Weather Service has provided the following headlines concerning this storm:

Strong to Damaging Winds
• HIGH WIND WARNING in effect tonight for all of Southern New England.
• Coastal locations including the Boston to Providence corridor will experience the greatest impact
• Tonight into Monday
• Southeasterly gusts as high as 40 to 65 mph tonight
• Westerly gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph Monday
• Widespread tree damage likely along with scattered to numerous power outages
Heavy Rainfall and Flood Potential
• All of Southern New England, however western CT/MA under greatest threat with a secondary max of heavy rain across eastern MA
• Beginning tonight through Monday, though heaviest rain late today into tonight
• Widespread 1 to 2 inches forecast with locally higher amounts of 3 to 4 inches
• Urban / street flooding threat mainly; risk of small stream flooding over western CT/MA
• FLASH FLOOD WATCH in remains in effect, into tonight
Uncertainty
• Still some uncertainty on the exact interaction with developing coastal storm over the Mid Atlantic today and Tropical Storm Philippe. If drawn more into the storm system, wind and rainfall impacts could be greater.
• Low risk of a few strong to perhaps severe thunderstorms tonight across RI and eastern MA.
Storm Impacts
• Damaging winds may result in widespread tree damage, numerous power outages, and isolated structural damage. The heaviest winds and associated damage will be in coastal areas and southeast MA, including the Cape and Islands.
• Flash flooding in urban and poor-drainage areas, including streets and in homes and businesses, is possible. The threat of flash flooding is highest in western Massachusetts, but also exists in eastern MA.
• Small stream flooding is possible, particularly in western MA, this afternoon and tonight. Risk of minor flooding along main stem rivers starting on Monday. See River Forecast graphic below.
• Thunderstorms and lightning strikes are possible.

Region 3 Duty Officer Number: 978-946-8130 or via email at : [email protected]

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MEMA SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

SUBJECT: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds and Flooding Forecast for Sunday and Monday

Situation
A powerful storm is forecast to impact Massachusetts starting Saturday night and lasting into Monday, with the strongest impacts being on Sunday into Monday.

Rain will start tonight in western Massachusetts and spread across the entire state on Sunday. 1” to 3” of rainfall is forecast for most of the state, but some areas, particularly in Western Massachusetts may see 4” to 5”. The heaviest period of rain will be Sunday into Sunday night. Flash flooding in urban and poor drainage areas is possible, and there is a threat of small stream flooding in Western Massachusetts. There is a low risk of main stem river flooding starting on Monday. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for all of Massachusetts.

Localized severe thunderstorms with isolated lightning strikes are possible, particularly on Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.

All of Massachusetts will experience strong and potentially damaging winds Sunday night into Monday – – all areas of the state will experience gusts of 35 MPH to 45 MPH – – but the strongest winds and greatest threat for damage being will be in eastern and southeastern coastal areas where winds may gust from 50 MPH to 70 MPH Sunday night and 40 MPH to 55 MPH on Monday. The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread damage to trees and numerous power outages. Isolated structural damage is possible. A High Wind Watch has been issued for all of Massachusetts.

Storm Impacts
• Damaging winds may result in downed trees and limbs, numerous power outages, and isolated structural damage. The heaviest winds and associated damage will be in coastal areas and the Cape and Islands.
• Flash flooding in urban and poor-drainage areas is possible, especially in western Massachusetts where the rain will be the heaviest. Small stream flooding is possible starting Sunday and there is a low risk of minor flooding along main stem rivers starting on Monday.
• Thunderstorms and lightning strikes are possible.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings

High Wind Watch
Issued: October 28 at 4:01AM EDT
Expiring: October 30 at 6:00PM EDT
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: October 28 at 3:45AM EDT
Expiring: October 30 at 12:00PM EDT
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire

High Wind Watch
Issued: October 28 at 3:34AM EDT
Expiring: October 30 at 6:00AM EDT
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth

High Wind Watch
Issued: October 28 at 3:34AM EDT
Expiring: October 30 at 6:00PM EDT
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: October 28 at 3:27AM EDT
Expiring: October 30 at 6:00AM EDT
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Central Middlesex County; Dukes; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth

 

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CDC COCA CAll TODAY “Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters”

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Please click the link below to join the webinar (registration is not required):
https://zoom.us/j/239945382
Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16465588656,,239945382# or +16699006833,,239945382#
Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 239 945 382

For more information and to view the bulletin click here:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/1c02dcd

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