Tropical Storm Beryl Warning Continues for SE Mass.; Storm Watch Issued for Long Island

July 20, 2006

A tropical storm warning remains in effect as of 2 p.m. for southeastern Massachusetts from Plymouth to Woods Hole including Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The National Hurricane Center said rains from Tropical Storm Beryl are already being felt on Long Island and parts of the New England coast and rains are expected to increase.

Beryl’s maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph. But tropical storm winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center, according to weather experts.

A tropical storm warning means conditions can be expected in the warning area within 24 hours. Storm tides of 1 to 3 feet above normal are possible in the warning area. Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible, with the heaviest northwest of the storm center.

In addition, a tropical storm watch has been issued for west of Woods Hole, Mass. to New Haven, Conn. and eastern Long Island east of Fire Island and Port Jefferson. A storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.

At 11 a.m., Beryl was situated about 125 miles southeast of New York City and about 195 miles southwest of Nantucket. The storm is moving northeastward at 11 mph, which would bring the center of the storm near the southeastern coast of Massachusetts tonight or Friday morning.

An update is expected at 5 p.m.

Topics Catastrophe Natural Disasters Windstorm

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