A declared State of Emergency for the entire Commonwealth currently exists and the National Weather Service is still issuing a Tropical Storm and Hurricane Warning for Southern New England through Monday.
The Nantucket Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Irene. Overnight, the storm weakened slightly as it approached the coastline of North Carolina. According to the National Weather Service for New England (www.erh.noaa.gov) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (www.mass.gov/mema), Hurricane Irene continues to move north/northeast and will affect Southeastern New England overnight Saturday into Sunday, possibly as a weak Category 1 hurricane or as a Tropical Storm.
Nantucket Public Safety Officials urge residents and visitors to anticipate the arrival of the storm and make appropriate travel arrangements and preparations to shelter in place by no later than Saturday afternoon. Please click on the HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS link on the Town’s website for preparedness information (www.nantucket-ma.gov).
Nantucket should prepare for periods of strong to damaging winds, heavy rainfall and the possibility of localized coastal flooding. On midday Saturday, Public Safety officials will make determinations regarding the boat ramp, the emergency shelter and localized warnings, based on the most updated information from MEMA and the National Weather Service. As of Saturday, Nantucket beaches are closed and are not staffed with lifeguards, with the exception of Children’s Beach and Jetties Beach, until further notice.
The Town has issued a Marine Advisory effective Wednesday, August 24 and a dangerous rip tide warning on Friday, August 26. The Harbormaster’s Local Notice to Mariners and rip tide warning can be viewed on the Town’s website at www.nantucket-ma.gov. For additional information throughout the storm event, please consult: