Saturday, March 8, 2008

Heavy Rain Potential Causes Concern

The National Guard passed out sandbags, and state emergency officials sounded dire warnings yesterday as a two-stage storm moved into the region and threatened deluges throughout New England.

The storm began last night and is expected to drop as much as 4 inches of rain across the state, the equivalent of 40 inches of snow, and bring winds of up to 40 miles per hour, meteorologists said. The storm arrived after the already sodden state received a record 7.9 inches of precipitation in February, 3.3 inches more than average.

"We expect most rivers to go out of their banks for minor to moderate flooding," said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Officials at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spent yesterday coordinating with local and federal officials, state agencies, the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and utility companies to prepare for the expected floods. - The Boston Globe

Right now, the weather is fairly calm: 37 degrees and cloudy. In a few hours, if of course the meteorologists are correct, it will be raining cats and dogs and streets will be the victims of majors floods.

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