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Weather Alert: Dorian Passes Southeast of New England Tonight Bringing Rain, Gusty Winds

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We’re going to begin to feel the fringe effects of Hurricane Dorian today, with building surf and eventually some showers through the late afternoon and evening.

A “High Surf Advisory ” has been issued for ocean exposed beaches from late afternoon through Saturday. Seas continue to build with 7-10ft seas expected in RI sound, bringing large crashing waves and dangerous rip currents to the coast.

The “Tropical Storm Warning” continues Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from this evening through Saturday morning. 

Dorian officially made landfall on Cape Hatteras, NC this morning–arond 8:35 AM as a Category 1 storm with estimated winds of 90 mph. It brought flash flooding and significant storm surge to the NC coast.

The storm is currently still a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds. It’s moving away from North Carolina today, picking up forward speed as it cruises well south east of Nantucket overnight into Saturday morning. The storm track has remained very consistent of the last few days, with an expected track about 200 miles off-shore.

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Stormy conditions are likely late tonight (after midnight). Expect increasing wind along the coast and islands. Northeast winds could gust to 35-45 mph along the RI coast, up to 50 mph near New Bedford, MA, and 50-60 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: 2AM to 9AM Saturday. Strongest winds reserved for Cape Cod and Islands. Power outages are expected to be isolated and mostly confined to Nantucket.

COASTAL IMPACTS: No coastal flooding is expected across RI. Some areas of beach erosion possible in eastern MA.

Rain comes to an end from 8AM to 11AM from west to east, with clearing skies in the afternoon. It stays breezy and cool Saturday with highs only 65- 70. Expect rough surf and dangerous rip currents to continue at the coast.

Sunday looks milder and dry with lighter winds.

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