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..Storm system will bring heavy rainfall and the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding to Southern New England and the possibility of isolated pockets of strong winds along portions of South Coastal New England and in any thunderstorms..
..A Flood Watch is in effect from 2 PM Friday through Saturday Morning for Central and Southeast Middlesex, Southern Worcester, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island except for Block Island for widespread 1-2″ of rainfall across Southern New England with 2-3″ of rainfall possible in the flood watch area leading to the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the flood potential for later Friday Afternoon and Friday Night with Ops at NWS Taunton possible..
A strong storm system that has brought severe weather and flooding to portions of the Southeast and Midwest United States will move into the northeast as we get into Friday Afternoon and Friday Night. Heavy rainfall will occur across Southern New England with the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding particularly in Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts where a Flood Watch is posted for areas as stated in the headlines of this message. Thunderstorms will also be possible enhancing rainfall particularly in the flood watch area.
While there will be strong winds aloft, most of the winds will struggle to get to the surface however if temperatures were to warm enough or any thunderstorms were to get strong enough, stronger winds could reach the surface in isolated locations. Winds region wide are currently expected to be below wind advisory levels but wind gusts of around 35-40 MPH are possible at the coast and there could be stronger wind gusts in any thunderstorms that get strong enough to bring the winds down to the surface.
SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the flood potential for later Friday Afternoon and Friday Night with Ops at NWS Taunton possible. This will likely be the only coordination message on this storm system unless Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated and time allows for a shortened coordination message update. Below is the NWS Taunton Flood Watch statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Enhanced Experimental Hazardous Weather Outlook:
Statement as of 02:37 am UTC on May 02, 2017
...STRONG THUNDERSTORM IN WESTERN HAMPDEN COUNTY MOVING NORTHEAST... AT 1034 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OVER MONTGOMERY, NEAR WESTFIELD, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH MAY ACCOMPANY THIS STORM. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... CHICOPEE, WESTFIELD, HOLYOKE, AMHERST, NORTHAMPTON, WEST SPRINGFIELD, GREENFIELD, ORANGE, DEERFIELD, GARDNER, SOUTH HADLEY, EASTHAMPTON, BELCHERTOWN, ATHOL, WINCHENDON, SOUTHWICK, MONTAGUE, TEMPLETON, WESTMINSTER AND GRANBY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... FREQUENT LIGHTNING MAY OCCUR. LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE FAR AWAY FROM THE STORM. GO INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE. WAIT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES UNTIL AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED TO RESUME OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. &&
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..Isolated to scattered strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are possible across Western Massachusetts and Western Connecticut during the evening and overnight hours. Strong to damaging winds and heavy downpours with the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed Western Massachusetts through Western Connecticut in a marginal to slight risk of severe weather..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will likely monitor this strong to severe thunderstorm potential today. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible though current thinking is this will be handled via SKYWARN Self-Activation..