A high wind warning and coastal flood advisory have both been issued as a strong winter storm approaches Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday night.
The coastal flood advisory - which runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday - was issued at 3:51 p.m. on Wednesday and the high wind warning – which runs from 10 p.m. on Wednesday through 11 a.m. on Thursday - was issued at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Both the warning and the advisory run along the Massachusetts coast from the New Hampshire state line to Cape Cod. While only a small amount of snow is expected to accumulate before the changeover to rain, wind will be the big impact for both towns.
Winds are expected to blow from the east at 30 to 40 miles per hour as part of the storm, with gusts to 60 miles per hour.
The winds could down trees and power lines plus blow around holiday decorations, the weather service said.
“Numerous power outages and minor property damage is possible,” the weather service said when it issued the warning on Wednesday afternoon, adding: “Power outages are likely; Take action now to secure any loose outdoor objects.”
A high wind warning means that forecasters expect sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or greater for at least an hour with gusts over 58 miles per hour.
The coastal flood advisory is for east facing coastal areas that could see some minor flooding around the time of high tide on Thursday morning. High tide on the North Shore will be at about 10:15 a.m.
“There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal,” the weather service said in regard to any flooding.