Weather Now: Showers Friday Afternoon. Tropical Storm Warning For Cape As Dorian Passes Offshore.

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A “Tropical Storm Warning” has been issued for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from Friday evening through Saturday morning. While Dorian is still expected to track more than 200 miles off-shore of southern New England, a period of rain and wind is expected to graze the coast Friday Night into Saturday morning. The strongest winds and rain will be over over Cape Cod and Nantucket late Friday night (after midnight) into early Saturday morning.

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As of 11pm Dorian remained a large hurricane, but had weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm with 100 mph sustained winds. The eye of the storm was just off-shore of the South-North Carolina coast this evening. It’s expected to pass near or over North Carolina ‘s coastline tonight into early Friday, with significant storm surge flooding (4-8ft), heavy rain (6-12″) and hurricane force winds/wind gusts.

LATEST DOPPLER RADAR….showing the eye of Dorian near Wilmington NC as of 730 PM


From there, it is expected to pass well south and east of New England Friday night into Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane. With the center of Dorian well south and east of Nantucket , the worst of Dorian will remain over the ocean. However, a period of high surf, gusty winds and rain is expected, especially the outer Cape and Nantucket.

Clouds will thicken Friday, with another cool day expected. Most of the daylight hours are dry, but we’ll likely start to see showers and breezy winds by afternoon and evening. It will be cool with highs in the low 70s. Northeast winds 10-20 mph during the day. Friday morning looks dry, followed by a few showers later Friday afternoon. Stormy weather is not expected during the daylight hours of Friday despite some PM showers. Wind and rain will ramp up later at night.

Stormy conditions are likely late Friday night (after midnight). Expect increasing wind along the coast and islands. Northeast winds could gust to 40-45 mph along the Rhode Island coast, up to 50 mph near New Bedford, MA, and 55-60 mph for areas of the outer Cape (Chatham) and Nantucket Island. In addition, rain may be heavy at times leading to localized street and poor drainage flooding for Cape and Islands. Minor coastal flooding is possible in eastern MA.

PEAK WIND GUSTS: After midnight Friday through early Saturday morning. Strongest winds reserved for Cape Cod and Islands

TROPICAL STORM WARNING in effect later Friday Night into Saturday morning. Areas in red have the higher chances of “sustained winds” of 40 mph

COASTAL IMPACTS: A direct landfall for Dorian in southern New England is *NOT* expected, however with the width of the storm growing, our coast will get “grazed”, while the higher impacts are confined to the outer Cape and Islands (especially Nantucket).

Rain comes to an end on Saturday morning, with clearing skies by noon. It stays breezy and cool with highs near 70. Expect rough surf and dangerous rip currents to continue at the shore through Sunday

-Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

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