Having weakened to tropical storm status overnight, José is set to pass south of Nantucket today, bringing gusty winds, coastal erosion and heavy rain. Meteorologists say the experience will be more like a strong fall nor'easter than a hurricane.
Because the center of the storm is expected to loop south of Nantucket, stormy weather is forecast to remain in the area through Thursday.
“Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for strong tropical storm force wind of 58 to 73 mph,” the National Hurricane Center bulletin reads. “To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of significant wind impacts. Efforts should now be underway to secure all properties.”
The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee has activated its multi-agency coordination center in Barnstable and is monitoring the storm and any damage reports, but a spokesman Monday indicated that storm shelters will not likely be needed.
Meanwhile, many boaters moved their boats from exposed mooring locations to sheltered areas, or pulled small boats from the water. There were no long lines at boat ramps, but by Tuesday morning, the mooring field at exposed Jackknife Cove was nearly empty. Pleasant Bay Community Boating removed some of their sailboats from their mooring field in Pleasant Bay. The bulk of the fishing fleet at Aunt Lydia's Cove found safe harbor in Ryder's Cove. Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith issued a notice urging boaters to check their mooring lines and make their vessels safe for the storm.
Even as the National Hurricane Center provided regular updates on the storm, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton warned local residents to be ready for winds gusting to 60mph, along with heavy rain and coastal erosion. Isolated power outages are likely, officials say. Monitor power outages online here. For hurricane preparedness information, visit www.Ready.gov.
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Updated Sept. 20 at 8 a.m.