The National Weather Service has upgraded the Tropic Storm Watch to a Tropical Storm Warning for Newport and Washington Counties for the approaching storm expected Friday. We’ll be updating this story frequently as Elsa approaches.


Tropical Storm Warning

Elsa Local Watch/Warning Statement/Advisory Number 37
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA  AL052021
448 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

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/O.CON.KBOX.TR.W.1005.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
Newport RI-
448 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

...TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
    - Newport

* WIND
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
        - Peak Wind Forecast: 10-15 mph with gusts to 30 mph

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58
      to 73 mph
        - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
          previous assessment.
        - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical
          storm force.
        - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property
          should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for
          significant wind damage.
        - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
        - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with
          damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few
          buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door
          failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored.
          Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.
        - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
          numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
          fences and roadway signs blown over.
        - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within
          urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways,
          and access routes impassable.
        - Scattered power and communications outages, but more
          prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

* STORM SURGE
    - No storm surge inundation forecast

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Little to no storm
      surge flooding
        - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the
          previous assessment.
        - PLAN: There is little to no threat of storm surge flooding.
          Rough surf, coastal erosion, and life-threatening rip
          currents are possible.
        - PREPARE: Little to no preparations for storm surge flooding
          are needed.
        - ACT: Follow the instructions of local officials. Monitor
          forecasts.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
        - Little to no potential impacts from storm surge flooding.

* FLOODING RAIN
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect
        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally
          higher amounts

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for
      moderate flooding rain
        - The flooding rain threat has increased from the previous
          assessment.
        - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
          moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues
          are possible.
        - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area
          vulnerable to flooding.
        - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
          action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
        - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations
          and rescues.
        - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with
          swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,
          especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,
          creeks, and ditches overflow.
        - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken
          foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas
          of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and
          poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on
          moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
          Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge
          closures.

* TORNADO
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few
      tornadoes
        - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
          previous assessment.
        - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a
          few tornadoes.
        - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to
          tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before
          hazardous weather arrives.
        - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter
          quickly.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
        - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the
          execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
        - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with
          power and communications disruptions.
        - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,
          chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or
          overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,
          shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown
          off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    - https://www.weather.gov/box

$$


Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
500 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

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/O.CON.KBOX.FF.A.0002.000000T0000Z-210709T2000Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Windham CT-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-Western Essex
MA-Eastern Essex MA-Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-
Southeast Middlesex MA-Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern
Bristol MA-Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol
MA-Southern Plymouth MA-Northern Middlesex MA-Northwest Providence
RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-Eastern Kent RI-Bristol
RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Including the cities of Quincy, Warwick, Foxborough, West Warwick,
Providence, Foster, Barre, Ayer, Mattapoisett, Putnam, Lowell,
Milford, Lawrence, Smithfield, West Greenwich, Brockton, New
Bedford, Norwood, Coventry, Willimantic, Plymouth, Newport, Bristol,
Fitchburg, Gloucester, Westerly, Cambridge, Narragansett, Fall
River, Taunton, Boston, Worcester, Framingham, and East Greenwich
500 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EDT THIS
AFTERNOON...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northern Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,
  including the following areas, in northern Connecticut, Windham
  CT. In Massachusetts, Central Middlesex MA, Eastern Essex MA,
  Eastern Norfolk MA, Eastern Plymouth MA, Northern Bristol MA,
  Northern Middlesex MA, Northern Worcester MA, Southeast Middlesex
  MA, Southern Bristol MA, Southern Plymouth MA, Southern Worcester
  MA, Suffolk MA, Western Essex MA, Western Norfolk MA and Western
  Plymouth MA. In Rhode Island, Bristol RI, Eastern Kent RI, Newport
  RI, Northwest Providence RI, Southeast Providence RI, Washington
  RI and Western Kent RI.

* Until 4 PM EDT this afternoon.

* The heaviest rainfall will occur roughly between 8 am and noon
  today. Rainfall from Elsa is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of
  rain, with an isolated swath of 3 to 6 inches of rainfall
  possible, especially across eastern Connecticut into Rhode Island
  and eastern Massachusetts. This includes the cities of Boston and
  Providence.

* Across the Watch area, there is the potential for significant
  urban and poor drainage flash flooding, as well as the potential
  for flash flooding of small streams. If higher rainfall totals of
  4 to 6 inches materialize, pockets of more significant flash
  flooding could occur. A few larger tributary rivers could go into
  minor flood today.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

&&

$$


Hurricane Local Statement

Tropical Storm Elsa Local Statement Advisory Number 37
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-091700-

Tropical Storm Elsa Local Statement Advisory Number 37
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA  AL052021
454 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

This product covers Southern New England

**TROPICAL STORM ELSA WILL IMPACT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TODAY**

NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barnstable MA, Block
      Island RI, Bristol RI, Dukes MA, Eastern Essex MA, Eastern Kent
      RI, Eastern Norfolk MA, Eastern Plymouth MA, Nantucket MA,
      Newport RI, Northern Bristol MA, Northwest Providence RI,
      Southeast Middlesex MA, Southeast Providence RI, Southern
      Bristol MA, Southern Plymouth MA, Suffolk MA, Washington RI,
      Western Kent RI, Western Norfolk MA, and Western Plymouth MA

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 260 miles west-southwest of Nantucket MA
    - 39.4N 74.3W
    - Storm Intensity 50 mph
    - Movement Northeast or 45 degrees at 31 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

Tropical Storm Elsa is forecast to track near Block Island and across
southeast Massachusetts today. Conditions will deteriorate this morning
as strong winds and heavy rain arrive. The main threat from Elsa will
be flooding rains across much of southern New England, especially in
urban areas. The strongest winds should be focused along the coastal
waters and near the shoreline, especially on Cape Cod and the Islands.
Elsa will rapidly exit the region this afternoon, leading to improving
conditions by evening.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across much of southern New England. Potential
impacts include:
    - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
      multiple places. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become
      dangerous rivers.
    - Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
      underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.

* WIND:
Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts near
the South Coast, Cape Cod, and the Islands. Potential impacts in this
area include:
    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers
      in places where trees are shallow rooted.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or
      heavily wooded places.
    - Power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas
      with above ground lines.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
south coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and
the Islands. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roof damage, large tree tops and branches
      snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, and small boats
      pulled from moorings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:
Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions,
including possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so
immediately.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles can
be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county in which it resides.
Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay attention for
instructions from local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown!

If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, be ready to shelter
quickly, preferably away from windows and in an interior room not
prone to flooding. If driving, scan the roadside for quick shelter
options.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Boston/Norton MA around 12 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

$$

JWD

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