Public safety officials in Hamilton are reminding residents to be prepared as a major rain and wind storm rolls through town on Monday evening into Tuesday.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said on Monday morning, Jan. 23, that the coastal storm with strong winds and heavy rain includes a High Wind Warning for the Cape Ann area, issued by the National Weather Service. The east wind will gust as high as 60-70 miles per hour along the immediate North Shore coast with gusts of 40-50 m.p.h. in Hamilton. The strongest wind is expected late Monday afternoon into Monday night, causing scattered downed trees and power outages. Anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain is expected Monday night into Tuesday, MEMA said. Urban flooding is expected in areas with poor drainage and small stream flooding is also expected, MEMA said in a statement issued through Hamilton Fire Chief Phil Stevens.
Town first responders said that no major flooding is expected but still encouraged Hamilton residents to be prepared by making sure the sump pump is ready to go for any potential flooding in the basement and to make sure extra batteries are on hand for flashlights in case the power goes out.
Anyone that uses a portable electric generators should use it only in a well ventilated area.
Call 9-1-1 in an emergency and call 978-468-1212 for non-emergency calls. Check with National Grid for estimates for when power will be restored.