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November 6, 2012

Storm-weary region now facing nor'easter today

One day after the end of a stormy campaign season, and just nine days after superstorm Sandy delivered high winds, downed trees and cut power across many parts of Cape Ann, local residents and officials are facing another major storm late today, with a nor’easter expected to blow through the region with heavy rains, high winds – and the potential for more power outages.

Matt Doody, a meteorologist at NOAA’s National Weather Service in Taunton, said the storm — which was somewhat downgraded Tuesday after some scarier forecasts on Monday — will last through the night and diminish through Thursday afternoon.

”It’s going to be kind of a slow mover,” Doody said, “we’ll see effects of it starting late this afternoon and lingering basically into the day on Thursday.”

Doody said Cape Ann residents should expect sustained winds of 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour, but with gusts of 40 mph and up to 50 mph. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind watch from this morning through late Wednesday night.

Those gusts are far below the readings of up to 80 mph recorded on Cape Ann during its brush with Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Sandy last week. But according to the alert from the weather service, today’s and tonight’s nor’easter winds could once again down trees and cause scattered power outages.

Doody said the storm will cause a one— to — three-foot storm surge and bring about an inch of rain. Seas will hit 16 feet at the most during the storm. Cape Ann probably won’t see snow from the storm, he added, though snow is predicted in conjunction with the storm in the areas west of Interstate 495.

Doody said this storm will act like a typical Nor’easter. The only thing unusual about it, he said, is that it is arriving so early in the season. On Tuesday, the storm was a weak area of low pressure off South Carolina. But Doody said the storm was expected to strengthen quickly before moving up the East coast.

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