BOSTON (CBS) – Heavy rain and wind continued this Wednesday as the Nor’easter that hit Massachusetts underwent bombogenesis that dropped 24 mb in 24 hours.
Because of this rapid drop, the winds intensified with peak gusts that reached over 80 miles per hour in many places before sunrise. The strongest gust of wind was in Edgartown, where it reached 94 miles per hour.
The gusts led to extensive tree damage and massive power outages.
Fortunately, the tides are astronomically low. So, concern about coastal flooding is minimal on Wednesday, despite persistent onshore winds pushing rough surf and waves against our shoreline. However, minor flooding and beach erosion are possible.
Despite the core of the strongest wind / rain behind us … expect improvements when traveling slowly. Streets are still covered with leaves, pine needles, and branches / twigs from trees … and many communities have no electricity, so the lights will be off. #WBZ #CBSNBoston pic.twitter.com/hJOpKAJhPp
– Sarah Wroblewski (@sarahwroblewski) October 27, 2021
These winds also brought down leaves, which exacerbated flooding concerns as they overcrowded storm drains. When the rain continued early Wednesday, the risk of road flooding and congestion remained, but it was relatively lower on the list of impacts. Up to an additional centimeter of rain is possible on Wednesday. Fortunately, no major floods were reported until Wednesday morning. Still, take precautions when going outside.
Here is what we got.
• Finally we started to make some improvements
• We were left with light to moderate rainfall; flood concerns were much lower or nonexistent
• The winds subsided from their peak overnight, but they were still very strong and harmful. Tree damage and power outages were still possible, but the peak gusts were closer to 80 mph by noon, more like the 80+ we saw overnight. The wind direction changed from northeast to north.
• The travel conditions slowly improved in the course of the morning.
• The cleanup has started. Light rain and drizzle continues, but no significant rainfall
• The wind decreases every hour. By 5 p.m. the peak gusts on the coast were closer to 40 miles per hour (less inland) and largely below harmful levels.