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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
625 PM EDT SUN SEP 17 2017

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION...

HERE IS SOME GENERALIZED INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE FOR
TROPICAL STORMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOSE...PLEASE REFER TO
THE LATEST ADVISORIES FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT A TROPICAL STORM OR
TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS...INCLUDING SUSTAINED WINDS OF 39 TO 73
MPH...MAY AFFECT COASTAL AREAS GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.  TROPICAL
STORM WATCHES IMPLY THE POTENTIAL FOR MANY THREATS...INCLUDING
COASTAL FLOODING AND BEACH EROSION...SCATTERED WIND DAMAGE AND SOME
POWER OUTAGES...TO TORRENTIAL RAINFALL RESULTING IN FLASH FLOODING.

...THE MARINE THREAT...
ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS A TROPICAL STORM CAN POSE TO NEW
ENGLAND IS TO THE BOATING COMMUNITY.  YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE GIVES THE FOLLOWING TIPS TO BOAT OWNERS AND MARINA
OPERATORS ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TROPICAL STORM:
...BOAT OWNERS SHOULD HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY GEAR ON BOARD FOR
   PROPERLY TIEING DOWN THE VESSEL. PRECIOUS TIME WILL BE LOST IF
   YOU ARE RUSHING AROUND SEARCHING FOR GEAR WHEN THE STORM IS
   APPROACHING.
...REALIZE THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PULL YOUR BOAT OUT OF THE
   WATER.  YOUR ONLY ALTERNATIVE WILL BE TO PROPERLY TIE YOUR
   BOAT DOWN.
...HAVE A PLAN WORKED OUT WITH THE MARINA OPERATOR SO THERE ARE NO
   QUESTIONS OR ANY CONFUSION WHEN THE TIME COMES TO TIE UP OR
   PULL THE BOAT OUT OF THE WATER.
...BE SURE TO REMOVE ANY NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND HAVE PICTURES AND
   A WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF THE VESSEL FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.
...IF A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS ISSUED WHILE OUT AT SEA...BOATERS
   SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOR IMMEDIATELY.  MARINERS ARE ALSO
   ADVISED TO REMAIN IN PORT UNTIL THE TROPICAL STORM THREAT
   PASSES.   THE COMBINATION OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS AND
   LARGE SWELLS WILL CHALLENGE EVEN THE MOST SKILLFUL MARINER.

...THE COASTAL FLOOD THREAT...
TROPICAL STORMS CAN BRING LARGE OCEAN SWELLS AND WAVES ALONG WITH
A STORM SURGE OF SEVERAL FEET.
...MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING CAN OCCUR AFFECTING THE LOWEST
LYING AREAS. COASTAL RESIDENTS SHOULD BE READY TO TAKE IN ANY
OUTDOOR ITEMS THAT MAY LIE CLOSE TO THE WATER.
...LARGE WAVES AND SWELLS WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION.
...EVERYONE MUST REMAIN CLEAR OF BEACHES.  LARGE SWELLS AND
   WAVES CAN CREATE DEADLY RIP CURRENTS WHICH CAN POSE A DANGER TO
   EVEN THE MOST SKILLED SWIMMER.
...EVACUATIONS ARE RARELY NEEDED...BUT SOME LOW LYING COASTAL
   ROADS MAY NEED TO BE CLOSED DUE TO LARGE SWELLS AND WAVES
   BREAKING OVER SEA WALLS.

...INLAND THREATS...
TROPICAL STORMS NOT ONLY AFFECT THE MARINE COMMUNITY...INLAND
AREAS CAN BE AFFECTED WITH STRONG WINDS AND FLASH FLOODING.
...TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS CAN CAUSE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES
   AS WELL AS DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS.
...YOU SHOULD PLAN FOR SOME POWER DISRUPTION AND MAY WISH TO HAVE
   BATTERIES AND FLASHLIGHTS AT THE READY.
...TORRENTIAL RAINS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORMS CAN LEAD TO
   FLASH FLOODING ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND RIVERS ALONG WITH
   FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND STREETS.
...ANYONE THAT MIGHT CONSIDER CAMPING SHOULD POSTPONE THOSE PLANS
   UNTIL THE THREAT OF HIGH WINDS AND FLASH FLOODING PASS.

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