BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A nor'easter storm is expected to bring heavy rain and winds to the region for the rest of the week.
The National Weather Service said the wet and windy weather that began Wednesday afternoon would last through Friday, and could bring up to six inches of rain to Boston, with the possibility of up to eight inches on the Cape.
The heaviest rainfall was expected from late Wednesday through Thursday night.
Officials also warned of the potential for gusts of 40 to 60 mph along the coast, which NWS meteorologist Mathew Belk said could lead to outages.
"The trees are still fully leaved, so those will resist the wind a little bit more," Belk said. "It's a question of, did the leaves actually come off the trees, or do they act as little sails and help to pull down trees and power lines?"
MEMA's Chris Besse said people should take anything that could blow away in the strong winds—patio furniture, halloween decorations, and the like—inside so it doesn't blow away.
"Additionally with the strong winds, there could be a chance of power outages, so if people could be prepared for that by making sure they've got flashlights, batteries, radios, keeping their electronic devices charged, if they've got a generator, that they've got fuel and they know how to use that in case they need it," Besse said.
Inland flooding was expected through eastern Massachusetts—especially the Cape and Islands—and all of Rhode Island. Minor-to-moderate coastal flooding was a possibility through eastern Massachusetts, especially on Nantucket, with the expectation of significant beach erosion.
MEMA also warned anyone travelling on ferries to the Cape and Islands or from Logan Airport to check ahead for news of delays or cancellations.