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Hurricane Henri: Great Barrington Emergency Team situation report No. 2

Heavy rain remains the biggest concern, with 4 to 8 inches expected, with local 10-inch amounts in western Massachusetts.

The following alert has been issued by Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti and Fire Chief Charlie Burger:

Great Barrington — Storm Henri is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph. A north-northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next few hours, followed by a turn toward the northwest this afternoon.

Heavy rain remains the biggest concern, with 4 to 8 inches expected, with local 10-inch amounts in western Massachusetts. The last of the rain bands was working through eastern Massachusetts as of 11 a.m. Rain is expected to continue tomorrow, especially in western areas.

A flock of Canada geese frolic in the flooded Stockbridge Country Club fairway.

Winds may gust to 30-40 m.p.h. into the afternoon hours, but winds will be diminishing after about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. this evening. Our Emergency Management team is continuing to monitor the evolving situation.

Impacts/ Potential Impacts

  • There is a low risk of an isolated tornado, mainly Sunday morning through mid-afternoon.
  • Wind gusts of 30-40 m.p.h. over portions of central and eastern Massachusetts but, will rapidly diminishing Sunday evening.
  • Up to 6-10 inches of rain in western Massachusetts. The heaviest rainfall is expected to occur between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
  • Heavy rainfall is expected to lead to flash flooding, urban flooding, and small stream flooding. Some minor river flooding is expected with isolated moderate river flooding possible, including some main stem river flooding. River flooding may continue into early next week.
  • Storm surge flooding and beach erosion is likely, with inundation of 3-5 feet above ground level possible along the south coast. Narragansett Bay is most at risk. Maximum surge may occur during the early afternoon on the south coast, but the evening high tide may also pose a threat since southerly winds may prevent water from evacuating bays and harbors. The east coast of Massachusetts north of Plymouth may experience up to 1 foot of inundation.
  • High surf and rip currents on ocean beaches.
  • Dangerous marine conditions, with high seas and tropical storm or hurricane force winds.
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