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Forecasters warn that strong winds in Mass. on Tuesday night may result in widespread power outages

Forecasters warn that strong winds in Mass. on Tuesday night may result in widespread power outages

Better check those flashlight batteries. The National Weather Service predicts that a strong weather system moving into the region Tuesday will bring heavy rain, flooding, and strong winds that could cause widespread power outages, including in the Boston area.

Along the states coast, the storm will produce northeast winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour and gusts of up to 75 miles/hour. In a broad area of Southeastern Massachusetts that extends all the way up to the Boston area, wind gusts could reach 60 miles per hour, forecasters predict.

Trees and power lines will be destroyed by damaging winds. Widespread power outages are expected. Especially for high-profile vehicles, travel will be difficult, forecasters stated.

High wind warnings, which also included the Rhode Island coast, are in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to Tuesday at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

The wind will be less gusty in the interior of the state. A high wind watch covering a large area of Central and Northeastern Massachusetts, including the Worcester area, forecasts wind speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. Forecasters believe the wind could blow around unsecured objects and a few power outages could occur in those areas.

Forecasters predicted in an Internet post that This will be a dynamic system, which means it will intensify as it approaches. Wind remains the greatest concern with this event... Tonight, with strongest winds expected, then decreasing Wednesday.

The storm is predicted to dump 1.5 inches of rain in the Berkshires and 4 inches at the coast.

In low lying areas, heavy rainfall may result in flooding of roads and dripping of water. The Tuesday evening commute may be particularly affected. Minor small stream and river flooding is also possible, according to the forecasters.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible. The high tides early Wednesday morning and early Thursday afternoon were the primary concerns, according to forecasters.

Tuesday started out as gloomy and rainy, but it eased by midmorning. It was expected to return when the major low pressure arrives late today,' according to forecasters.

The storm will have passed by Thursday.

Much quieter and largely dry weather returns Thursday into at least part of Friday, forecasters wrote in the Internet posting.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Martin Finucane can be reached at

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