PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Hurricane Jose’s effects will start to be felt Tuesday in the Portsmouth area. Here’s what you need to know about the storm to stay prepared.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Portsmouth area. The storm will likely bring high surf and dangerous rip currents.
The storm will likely bring high surf and dangerous rip currents, according to the Weather Service (NWS).
The timing of the storm: Tuesday into Thursday
Wind: 15-25 mph with gusts to 50 mph
Rain: 3-5 inches, with locally higher amounts
Storm surge: up to 2 feet
From the NWS:
Jose is forecast to pass southeast of Nantucket, bringing a variety of significant hazards Tuesday through Thursday, especially to the South Coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts which includes Cape Cod, Martha`s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island. Tropical Storm Force winds may impact southern Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. These winds may be strong enough to result in some tree damage and scattered power outages. Of greater concern is the potential for severe beach erosion along ocean coastlines of Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts. Some protective dunes may be overtopped or severely eroded by this storm. On the coastal waters south and southeast of New England, seas should build to over 20 feet. The combination of high seas and strong winds will result in life-threatening conditions. Mariners are advised to be in port by tonight. Other potential hazards include localized flash flooding in urban areas from as much as 3 to 5 inches of rain, and minor to moderate coastal flooding during times of high tide Tuesday and Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across southern Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, especially on Cape Cod and the Islands. Potential impacts in this area include: - 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. Also, prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the remainder of southern New England. * SURGE: Prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts across parts of east coastal Massachusetts. Potential impacts in this area include: - Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast. - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots. - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and numerous rip currents. - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages. Also, prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across south coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Elsewhere across southern New England, little to no impact is anticipated. * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited impacts across southern New England. Potential impacts include: - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots. - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your Emergency Supplies Kit is stocked and ready. When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties which must be taken into account. If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a mobile home or on a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives of others. Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast.