MEMA Situational Awareness Statement on Storm Michael

Flash flooding, possible 3-6 inches of rain...

MEMA notice below courtesy of Barnstable Police Department...


Please read the below announcement sent out by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency regarding the potential for heavy rains and flooding as the remnants of Micheal pass the area.

Be aware of the possibility of up to 3-6 inches of rain during the next 12-16 hours. Severe rain may cause some flooding to low laying areas and large puddles on the roadway should be avoided.


DATE: October 11, 2018
TIME: 10:30 AM
SUBJECT: Localized Flash Flooding and Gusty Winds Possible Today/Tomorrow



A cold front passing through the region tonight, together with Tropical Storm Michael passing south of Nantucket on Friday, will bring potentially heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the New England region today and tomorrow. Pockets of heavy rain are possible this afternoon and evening with the primary focus shifting into far southeast New England late tonight and Friday.


Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are forecast with locally higher amounts of 3-6 inches possible, with the greatest risk falling across far southeast New England. Areas that receive heavier rainfall amounts are at risk of localized flash flooding. Northerly wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph are possible late tonight into Friday across far southeast New England with the greatest risk across the Cape and Islands.


While the National Weather Service has high confidence that periods of heavy rain will occur, especially across far southeast New England, it is still uncertain if heavy rain will persist long enough across the interior to result in localized flash flooding, or if areas of 3-6 inch rainfall will impact southeast New England or remain just offshore, sparing the region of potential flooding.



· Pockets of heavy rain may result in localized flash flooding, with the highest risk across far southeastern New England.

· Northerly wind gusts of up to 50 MPH across far southeastern New England on Friday may result in minor tree damage and isolated power outages.


Watches, Warnings, Advisories

Flash Flood Watch 
Issued: October 11 at 4:32AM EDT 
Expiring: October 12 at 2:00AM EDT

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk

Flash Flood Watch 
Issued: October 11 at 4:32AM EDT 
Expiring: October 12 at 8:00AM EDT


Areas affected: Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Western Plymouth

Flash Flood Watch 
Issued: October 11 at 4:32AM EDT 
Expiring: October 12 at 2:00PM EDT


Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket

Flash Flood Watch 
Issued: October 11 at 4:04AM EDT 
Expiring: October 12 at 2:00AM EDT


Areas affected:Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire







MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements as necessary. Cities and towns wishing to share information or request assistance should contact their MEMA Regional office or MEMA’s 24/7 communications center at 508-820-2000.


Preparedness and Safety Information

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Power outage preparedness and safety information:…/service-deta…/power-outage-safety-tips

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