coastal flood watch newport

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for the entire south coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This watch is being announced due to projected high winds along astronomical high tides which are likely to cause significant storm surges.

Coastal Flooding:

  • Widespread minor coastal flooding is expected with isolated pockets of moderate along Narragansett Bay RI and the ocean exposed shoreline of Newport.
  • Even with high tide around 9 pm tonight and a roughly 1.5 to 2.0 foot surge forecast, impacts may occur as early as 6 to 7 pm along vulnerable shore roads becoming inundated with water.
  • Basement flooding of homes on low ground near the shore is possible as well.

This may necessitate road closures in areas of the City of Newport prone to these affects. These locations include portions of:

  • Ocean Avenue
  • Wellington Avenue
  • Memorial Boulevard at Easton’ Beach
  • Bridge Street at Elm Street

If you do encounter a flooded roadway do not proceed through it if at all possible. Turn around and seek an alternate route.

For more information or coastal flooding concerns check out the NWS coastal flooding and inundation map located at

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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