A big winter storm is hitting New England Coast from Thursday morning. The storm impacts the regional Maritime Transportation System as there are high wind and very low temperatures.
New England Coast is experiencing severe weather conditions, as a strong coastal winter storm, including high winds and dangerously cold temperatures is expected to hit the area, the US National Weather Service informed.
Namely, coastal predictions are estimating sustained NNW winds 25 to 30 kts, with gusts of up to 50 kts, along with bitterly cold temperatures throughout the weekend.
On Thursday, an astronomical high tide was recorded, which combined with the 1.5 to 2 feet of storm surge forecast, can possibly cause minor to moderaste coastal flooding, according to GAC.
USCG, ahead of the storm, advised operators to review continuity of operations and communication procedures, as well as methods of minimising storm damage and environmental risk, such as:
- Doubling up mooring lines,
- Securing transfers,
- Ballasting down storage tanks
- Draining transfer lines.
All ports under the authority of the Captain of the Port Boston will remain open to marine traffic, GAC says, adding that operators are strongly advised to closely monitor NOAA weather and local radio broadcasts for updated information.
The storm will continue to impact northern New England into Friday, the US National Weather Service informed.