STONEHAM — Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Matthew Grafton would like to warn residents of the potential for flooding and power outages as a powerful storm makes its way into the region.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted a powerful coastal storm with heavy rain and high wind gusts that will impact Massachusetts Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The NWS expects the Stoneham area to get as many as 1.5-3 inches of rain. The heaviest rain is expected between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday. Wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour are also predicted. Because many trees are still leaf-covered, strong wind gusts could cause scattered power outages.
“Though there is some uncertainty of the impact of this storm, we encourage residents to be proactive as the storm approaches,” Chief Grafton said. “Residents should prepare for rain and high wind by putting away outside objects that could get blown around, and having battery-operated flashlights and radios available in case of power outages.”
Chief Grafton recommends that residents follow these tips to stay safe before, during and after the storm:
- Be sure to have batteries for flashlights and battery-powered lanterns to use in the event of a power outage. If you must use candles, keep them away from anything flammable and do not leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged.
- If possible, move or secure any outside items that could get blown by heavy wind gusts, such as lawn furniture.
- Clear any storm drains of debris that are prone to flooding that may be near your house.
- Use extreme caution if you must travel on the roads. NEVER walk through flowing water and NEVER drive through flooded roads.
- If you need to use a generator, only use it outside and away from your home to prevent the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Call 911 to report downed power lines. Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- If you have an emergency, call 911.