Post-Tropical Storm Philippe Approaching New England, Brings Threats of Flooding and Power Outages
As post-tropical storm Philippe continues its journey, it is slowly making its way towards New England, threatening the region with heavy rain and strong winds. This weather phenomenon, which previously impacted Bermuda, is now transitioning from a tropical storm to drawing energy from more traditional sources as it collides with a cold front moving into the Northeast.
The convergence of moisture from the front and Philippe is expected to result in widespread soaking rain across the region throughout the weekend. According to weather forecasts, New England and the Northeast could receive 1-3 inches of rain, with localized areas possibly experiencing over half a foot of rain. This poses a serious risk of flash flooding, especially considering the already saturated soil from a wet summer.
Although New York City, which recently endured record rains and flooding, may escape severe water issues, it is not guaranteed. The city remains on alert, ready for any possible impacts from Philippe. However, Massachusetts and Connecticut are particularly vulnerable to heavy rain due to the fact that they have already received 200-300% of their average rainfall in the past two weeks.
Interestingly, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has decided against issuing Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings for the U.S. coastline, leaving it up to individual National Weather Service (NWS) offices to issue warnings. This action has raised concerns among some experts who fear that it may lead to less preparedness among residents.
In addition to heavy rain, strong winds are also expected to accompany the remnants of Philippe as they pass through Downeast Maine. The area could experience wind gusts reaching 50-60 mph, which may potentially cause power outages. It is crucial for residents to remain cautious as any wind gust over 57 mph is considered damaging, and even with brisk winds, smaller limbs may fall into power lines, increasing the risk of electrical disruptions.
With post-tropical storm Philippe making its way towards New England, residents should stay informed about the latest updates and follow any advice or warnings issued by local authorities. Hollywood Crap will continue to monitor the situation and provide timely updates on the storm’s impact in the coming days.