Title: Post-Tropical Storm Philippe to Bring Soaking Rain and Flash Flooding Threat to New England
Philippe, the once-powerful tropical storm, has transitioned into a post-tropical storm as it heads north towards New England. Bermuda has already experienced heavy rain, rip currents, and strong winds due to the storm’s impact.
As Philippe continues its northward trajectory, it is poised to merge with a cold front approaching from the west, resulting in widespread soaking rain across the region. Weather experts predict that numerous communities will receive 1-3 inches of rain, with some areas potentially experiencing over half a foot of rainfall.
The concern is amplified by the saturated soil in New England and the Northeast caused by the region’s wet summer. This increases the risk of flash flooding, prompting New York City to activate its Flash Flood Emergency Plan. Other vulnerable areas, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, which have already witnessed rainfall surpassing 200-300% of their average in the past two weeks, are also on high alert.
Despite the threat, the National Hurricane Center will not be issuing Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings for the US coastline, as Philippe is no longer classified as a tropical system. However, Downeast Maine anticipates wind gusts of 50-60 mph, which may lead to power outages. Any wind gust exceeding 57 mph is considered damaging and could result in smaller tree limbs falling onto power lines.
Residents across New England are advised to stay informed about the storm’s progression and take necessary precautions. This includes securing loose outdoor objects, avoiding unnecessary travel during heavy rainfall, and being prepared for potential power disruptions.
Poh Diaries urges its readers to stay updated on the latest weather advisories and heed local authorities’ instructions to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities.