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Tropical storm watch now in effect for coastal Massachusetts, including Boston

Now might be a good time to take in all the deck furniture and stuff, if only it weren't for the thunderstorms going on right now.

At 5:23 p.m., the National Weather Service made it official: Even if we don't get a direct hit from Lee, we can expect 20 to 30 m.p.h. winds, with gusts up to 50.

Hurricane Lee is forecast to pass offshore of southern New England on Saturday but its impacts will extend far from the storm`s center. Lee should bring rough surf, damaging winds, and bands of heavy rain to at least coastal areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Bands of heavy rain, you say? On top of the bands of heavy rain we've been getting for the last week or so? Yep.

Bands of heavy rain may result in flash flooding Friday night and Saturday, mainly near the coast. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible in a short period of time.

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Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your home or business.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the center of the storm.

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or on a boat, plan to move to safe shelter.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low-lying or poor drainage area, in a valley, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground.

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Nice little tip sheet for preparing for tropical mayhem (even if we are only making plans for Nigel): https://www.mass.gov/doc/hurricane-preparedness-fl...

Note that these are also available in Spanish, Chinese, and several other languages.

Meanwhile ... Move aside - let the Margot through, let the Margot through ...
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Thumbs up for the XTC reference.

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Pretty sure that’s a Soul Coughing reference, but please correct me.

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XTC.

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Both are correct. Nigel is, of course, XTC, but "move aside" is Soul Coughing.

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I probably stopped reading at making plans for Nigel so I missed the additional SC reference.

Any others hidden in there?

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https://theeyewall.com

Level-headed forecasting throughout the Atlantic basin, with timely attention to Lee.

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I particularly liked "Hurricane Margot has had a bit too much Sauvignon blanc and is basically doing loops southwest of the Azores."

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You would think that a mid-Atlantic hurricane would be drinking Madeira. However if it switches to the local tipple, it might stop looping and start staggering, and who knows where it would fall.

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Thanks for the suggestion!

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