(National Weather Service)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A nor'easter storm was expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds, coastal flooding, and the possibility of power outages Saturday, the National Weather Service warned.
NWS meteorologist Matthew Belk told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Laurie Kirby that the rain was expected to start overnight, dumping 1-2 inches across the region with some areas expected to get 2-4 inches.
"By daybreak tomorrow it should be raining across Eastern Massachusetts, and continuing through pretty much all day," Belk said. "The strong winds should be arriving toward mid-morning Saturday,"
Belk said maximum wind gusts of 50-60 mph along the coast were expected, though he said he would not be surprised if there were isolated pockets of higher gusts.
The National Weather Service also warned that the storm could bring coastal flooding, particularly from the North Shore to Plymouth County.
"One of the main features of this storm, if you will, will be the potential for minor to maybe even a few pockets of moderate coastal flooding, if the winds coincide with the high tide exactly," Belk said.
In a statement, Eversource said their line and tree crews were ready to respond to any damage the storm might bring.
"We continue to closely monitor the weather forecast," Eversource Vice President of Electric Field Operations Doug Foley wrote in the statement. "With predicted wind gusts of up to 60 mph in some areas, and soaking rains that will saturate the ground--loosening the roots of already weakened trees--this storm has the potential to bring down trees and tree limbs onto power lines and electric equipment. We have hundreds of employees pre-positioned around the state, ready to respond to whatever this storm brings, to ensure we’re there when our customers need us."