Current Risk Alert

Tropical Storm Warning – Isaias

August 3, 2020 (Risk Alert 2020-09)

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Southern New England – tropical storm-force winds are expected within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to quickly track through southeast New York and western New England Tuesday evening before heading into northern New England. Most of the impacts will occur during about a 6-hour period early Tuesday night.

Strong southerly winds gusting to 40 to 60 mph may be capable of downing some trees and power lines. There is also the possibility of an isolated tornado. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected, with the higher totals closer to the Berkshires, where minor urban or poor drainage flooding may occur.

Minor coastal flooding may impact south coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts during high tide Tuesday evening. Inundation would be less than one foot above ground level if it were to occur.

Rough surf and an increased risk of dangerous rip currents should affect south coastal beaches Tuesday and at least into Wednesday.

At this time, we urge you to make the following preliminary preparations:

  • Efforts to protect property should now be underway. Prepare for limited wind damage. Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous.
  • Closely monitor NOAA weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information and changes to the forecast. See the “Keep Informed” section below for more information.
  • Some trees in our area may be more susceptible to wind damage due to stress from drought conditions. The strongest wind gusts should occur tonight into Monday afternoon. Immediately inspect trees and bushes. Remove dead or rotting branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Be prepared for potential power outages as a result of downed power lines caused by storm activity. Have an emergency supply kit on hand, including water, flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit and non-perishable food.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage to people/property.
  • Have window shutters/plywood covers accessible in the event windows need to be protected.
  • Although heavy flooding is not expected, check to see if sump pumps are working, and advise custodians to check all drains, grates and basins to ensure they are free of leaves and debris.

Keep Informed

Reporting a Claim

If you experience property damage or injury as a result of the storm, report the claim immediately. Contact Alicia Gray at 781-664-3990.