The long stretch of dry weather this fall is expected to come to an end on Friday amid strong winds and heavy rain.
A “powerful early season storm system” will move into the Beverly area on Thursday night, with two round of gusty winds – creating the possibility of power outage and damage on Friday. The double-barreled high wind threat has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory that runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
The weather service said that the “first round” of strong winds will occur with south and southwest winds gusts to 50 miles per hour early on Friday morning. These strong winds will be blowing amid heavy rain.
The heavy rain may mean that storm drains and other drainage routes clogged with leaves may cause some flooding.
A “period of heavy rain” will start late Friday night and last into early Friday, the weather service said, without a significant concern about flooding. If storm drains are clogged with leaves, areas of “poor drainage” where urban flooding typically occurs could flood.
The “second round” of strong winds will happen on Friday afternoon when a cold front moves through the area. After the front moves through, the wind will shift to the west and southwest and gust again up to 50 miles per hour, the weather service said.
The first round will have the greatest impact in southeastern Massachusetts, while the second round is expected to hit hardest in northeastern Massachusetts – including the North Shore - and southern New Hampshire.
Even without the gusts, the wind will blow at 25-35 mph, with the weather service warning that the wind will be able to down small trees, limbs and branches and could possibly cause isolated power outages. It could also make driving difficult for “high profile” vehicles.
Rain and wind will “pick up overnight and last through the first half of Friday,” WHDH-TV channel 7 meteorologist Chris Lambert wrote in his latest blog post.
The wind will blow between 25-35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 50-60 mph, Lambert said.
By Friday afternoon, though, things should start to dry out as the temperatures will reach about 70 degrees.
National Grid, the company that supplies electricity in Beverly, said on Thursday afternoon that it is gearing up for possible power outages caused by strong winds on Thursday night and Friday.
The forecast of heavy rain and wind strong gusts has led the company to get additional crews “ready for deployment to key areas of its service territory.” Equipment is also ready in case the weather knocks out power.
The company said it is also in touch with municipal officials in its service area.
Anyone who loses power during the storm should call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212. If you do lose power, you can stay in touch with restoration efforts by texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743) or following National Grid on Twitter and Facebook.
National Grid offers wind safety tips and advice for dealing with downed wires.
- It’s a good idea to have a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
- People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a National Grid life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Contact Center at 1-800-322-3223.
- People should consider any downed wire they see to be live and dangerous. If you see any fallen lines, broken poles or trees touching wires, please stay clear of the surrounding area and contact National Grid immediately.
- Customers with generators should be sure to install them outside to avoid deadly carbon monoxide. Open windows are inadequate for safely ventilating a generator. To ensure safety, operate generators only outdoors. Before installing generators, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel.