WORCESTER – The National Meteorological Service [NWS] reported late on Sunday morning August 22, that in and around Worcester, a tropical storm warning is currently in effect until further notice and flood monitoring is in effect until Monday August 23 until 8 p.m. .
The NWS expects Hurricane Henri to make landfall somewhere between eastern Long Island and Narragansett Bay as a strong tropical storm. Henri is expected to falter quickly as he reaches central Massachusetts on Sunday night and Monday. The threat of destructive winds, torrential rain, storm surge flooding and the possibility of a tornado remain.
The situation is rather favorable for tornadoes and the threat is classified as limited, according to the NWS. The threat of flooding rain is extensive, with an additional one to three inches of rain and higher amounts locally.
NWS expects winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. There is a wind potential of 58 to 73 miles per hour, creating the possibility of significant wind damage in the area.
Hurricane Henri was about 80 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island, with a storm intensity of about 70 miles per hour around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
National Grid Tips
National Grid reports helped put in place contingency plans and secure additional resources from neighboring areas preparing to respond to the storm and its aftermath.
To ensure the well-being of residents and utility crews working during the storm, National Grid offers the following safety tips:
- Never touch downed power lines and always assume that all downed lines are live power wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- Feeding problems can sometimes interrupt public water systems or turn off well pumps, so it’s a good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water on hand, as well as food. canned.
- Check for elderly family members, neighbors, and others who might need help during a time of outage.
- Before the storm hits, make sure you are prepared. Keep extra flashlights and batteries on hand, and make sure mobile devices are fully charged so you can stay connected in the event of an outage. For more information, see the National grid power failure page.
- If you lose power, turn off any devices that were on when the power was removed, but leave a light on so you know when power is restored.
- If you are using a generator to provide electricity during an outage, be sure to run it outdoors. Before operating the generators, disconnect from the National Grid system by turning off the main circuit breaker located in the electrical service panel. Failure to do so could compromise the safety of the editing crew and the public.
National Grid is also warning gas customers to take the following actions in the event of an expected gas leak:
- Get Out – All occupants must leave the house immediately. Do not use the phone or light switches for any reason.
- Call Us – After leaving home and reaching a safe environment, call National Grid’s 24 hour gas emergency numbers:
- MA: 1-800-233-5325 or 911
- Stay Outside – Don’t go home until National Grid tells you it’s safe.
How to stay connected to the national network:
- Report power outages to nationalgridus.com or call 1-800-465-1212.
- Receive SMS alerts and updates when you send word STORM to NGRID (64743).
- Use your mobile device to track outage information and storm safety tips through the National Grid mobile site at ngrid.com/mobile.
- Track failures and ETRs on nationalgridus.com/panne-central.
Image courtesy of the National Meteorological Service