Flash flood watch, high wind warning in effect for Franklin County

  • Drivers cross the Main Street intersection in Greenfield on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Recorder Staff

Recorder Staff
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Due to moisture associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe, Franklin County can expect 2 to 4 inches of rain and 40 to 50 mph winds Sunday night and early Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday and a high wind warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

“Things are going to pick up pretty quick tonight,” said Glenn Field, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service, when reached by phone Sunday afternoon. “It’s a very fast moving storm.”

Field said the storm will move north across southern New England, with the heaviest rain and wind reaching the Franklin County area between midnight and 3 a.m. Some west winds will continue into Monday afternoon.

“All this rain in Massachusetts and Vermont is expected to lead to, eventually, some minor flooding on the Connecticut River, from Montague southward, but not until late Tuesday and into Wednesday,” Field continued. He advised residents to keep an eye on small streams that may flood, stay away from trees and travel only by main highways if possible.

A statement from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency advised the winds may result in widespread tree damage, numerous power outages and structural damage. A National Grid power outage in Erving affected 57 customers Sunday afternoon, according to National Grid’s outage map, but was resolved by 5 p.m.