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Massachusetts, get ready for ‘potentially damaging winds,’ power outages possible

Boston Herald 11/29/2022 Rick Sobey
The National Weather Service is forecasting strong wind gusts on Wednesday. (National Weather Service map) © Provided by Boston Herald The National Weather Service is forecasting strong wind gusts on Wednesday. (National Weather Service map)

Batten down the hatches!

Local meteorologists are warning that power outages are possible in the next couple of days as strong, potentially damaging winds are expected to rip through the region. Wind gusts could hit as high as 55 mph.

The approaching cold front will also bring a period of heavy soaking rain to Massachusetts, dumping 1 inch of rain or more across the area.

“Everywhere will have an opportunity to see 40 to 50 mph winds,” Rob Megnia, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office, told the Herald on Tuesday.

“When there are 50 mph winds, power outages are a possibility,” he later added.

The strongest winds are likely to happen between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, then a second round of winds on Thursday afternoon.

“Strong, potentially damaging winds are expected on Wednesday and Thursday, with wind gusts as high as 55 mph possible in southeast MA,” NWS Boston tweeted.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory ahead of the blustery conditions. NWS warns that the gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs might topple, and power outages may result.

“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle,” reads the NWS wind advisory. “Secure outdoor objects.”

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A gale warning is also in effect, with forecasters predicting 2- to 4-foot seas in Massachusetts coastal waters.

The strong winds will spark hazardous seas, which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

“Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions,” reads the NWS gale warning. “Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.”

The widespread soaking rain is expected to overspread the region roughly between noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Other than some brief typical ponding of water on some roadways, no significant flooding issues are expected. Temps should jump into the upper 50s as the rain moves in.

Then overnight into Thursday, temps should drop into the 30s amid the windy conditions. Wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph will persist for much of the overnight hours, as wind chills will plummet into the upper teens to the mid-20s.

Thursday will be a dry day, but more gusty winds — even as high as 50 mph again — will develop in the wake of the cold front.

The Patriots host the Bills Thursday night, and the Pats last year won in Buffalo during a wind storm. But on Thursday, the strongest winds are expected to settle down after sunset ahead of kickoff.

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