Tropical Storm Elsa Brings Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds And Potential Energy Outages

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Climate Producer

BOSTON (CBS) — Your complete east and southeast portion of Massachusetts are beneath tropical storm warnings for Tropical Storm Elsa.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for the Boston space, in addition to Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk and Bristol counties till 4 p.m. Friday.

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Whereas Elsa will probably be a fast mover to mid-afternoon, there are a number of causes for concern in our space.

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TRACK: Tropical Storm Elsa

Right here’s what to anticipate:


The heaviest rain will fall to the west of the observe which incorporates most areas west of I-95. There might be as a lot as 5-to-6 inches of rainfall in components of our space by noon Friday.


The strongest winds will probably be to the east of Elsa’s observe which is more likely to embody the quick shoreline of the South Shore and positively Cape Cod and the Islands.


On this zone, there’s a menace for tree and energy line harm and quite a few energy outages. Wind gusts 35-to-55 mph are more likely to the east of I-95 in Mass. Farther southeast over excessive southeastern Mass. and the Cape/Islands, winds may gust 55-to-70 mph out of the south-southeast.


Whereas we don’t count on a lot storm surge or coastal flooding with Elsa’s passage, the seas will probably be very indignant with swells 10-to-20 toes simply offshore, notably on our south dealing with seashores alongside the South Coast. Harmful rip currents and marine circumstances will exist for a lot of the day Friday.


The heavy rain circulation immediately related to Elsa will proceed by the afternoon. Torrential downpours will proceed on and off producing 2-to-4 inches of rain, domestically larger quantities of 5-to-6 inches.

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This rain will fall in a brief time period resulting in road and flash flooding with some roads changing into flooded and almost impassable. It’s by no means secure to drive by a flooded street.

The strongest winds (in excessive japanese Mass., Cape, Islands) will happen between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday as Elsa’s heart rides up and over our space. Once more, south-southeast gusts as excessive as 55 mph are possible throughout this complete space with the potential for a number of as much as 70 mph on the Outer Cape and Islands.

With tropical methods passing close to or overhead, there’s at all times an enhanced danger of extreme climate, even perhaps an remoted twister. That is one thing else we will probably be intently watching by this afternoon.

The rainfall will rapidly shut off throughout the afternoon from south to north and almost your entire rain construction will probably be up in Maine after 1-to-2 p.m. and rapidly racing northward towards Canada. The winds will stay gusty alongside the coast for a number of extra hours, by about 4-to-5 p.m. earlier than easing.

We are going to get fast clearing Friday night and aside from a number of stray showers, we have now a reasonably good weekend forward with temperatures close to or barely above 80 levels. Simply what the physician ordered after a really busy, moist week of climate.

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