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Tropical Storm Jose Local Statement Advisory Number 63
National Weather Service Taunton MA  AL122017
1116 PM EDT Wed Sep 20 2017

This product covers Southern New England

**Strongest winds are expected Thursday and Thursday night along the
 southeast Massachusetts coast**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barnstable MA, Block
      Island RI, Dukes MA, and Nantucket MA

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 150 miles southeast of Nantucket MA
    - 39.5N 68.2W
    - Storm Intensity 60 mph
    - Movement East-northeast or 60 degrees at 6 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Tropical Storm Jose will remain nearly stationary to the southeast of
Nantucket for the next few days. It will produce a prolonged period of
strong winds and severe beach erosion over southeastern New England,
especially Cape Cod and Nantucket.

The strongest winds will be Thursday through Thursday night with gusts
to 60 mph on Nantucket and 45 to 55 mph on Cape Cod and Marthas
Vineyard. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible, especially
on Nantucket late tonight through Thursday night. Minor coastal
flooding is still possible on Friday. Locally heavy rainfall will be
mainly confined to Nantucket through Friday.

Life-threatening conditions will continue on the coastal waters
southeast of New England through Thursday night, with seas of 20 to
25 feet and tropical storm force wind gusts.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* SURGE:
Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across Cape Cod and Nantucket. At Nantucket Harbor, the biggest
concerns are the Thursday late morning and Thursday late night high
tides.

Potential impacts in these areas include:
    - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
      immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
      farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
      with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where
      surge water covers the road.
    - Severe beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in
      usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
      and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

* OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS:
Jose will bring large waves, 15 to 20 feet, to ocean exposed beaches
across southeast Massachusetts. Severe beach erosion will occur. Some
protective dunes may be at risk of being overtopped or eroded away.
Dangerous rip currents will occur at the beaches. With Jose forecast to
stall just southeast of the region, the threat of beach erosion and rip
currents will be prolonged, likely lasting through the upcoming weekend
and perhaps even into early next week.

* WIND:
Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across
Cape Cod and the Islands. Strong wind gusts will continue Thursday into
Thursday night.

Potential impacts in these areas include:
    - Possible tree limbs broken off with some trees uprooted.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within heavily
      wooded places.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Potential impacts from heavy rain are still unfolding across Nantucket.
Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across Nantucket.

Potential impacts include:
  - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually
    vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs
    at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some
    brief road closures.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
Evacuations are unlikely. However, you should be prepared to follow
any local instructions from emergency management officials.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Taunton MA around 6 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

$$

KJC


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