High Wind Warning and flood watch

Above: With high winds overnight, the National Weather Service is alerting the public to charge their electronic devices. (image from Facebook)

This morning, Lt. Neal Aspesi of Southborough Emergency Management alerted:

As of 4:00am on 12/24, the Southborough area is on the line between forecasted wind gusts of 60-65 & 65-70mph. To put in to context, wind criteria for a category 1 hurricane is 74mph. Sustained winds will be between 15-20mph. This forecast will result in an increased threat of downed tree limbs and isolated power outages. The fact that there are no leaves and precipitation is rain, not snow, will however work in our favor to keep damage from being widespread and catastrophic.

In addition, the area is looking at between 1-2″ of rainfall. This amount combined with rapidly melting snow from temperatures near 60 degrees may result in some minor urban area flooding, especially basements commonly susceptible to flooding.

Below is the most up-to-date NWS wind gust map and their flood warning:

wind gust map floodwatch

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