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….EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STANDDOWN EFFECTIVE LATE SUNDAY EVENING WITH SECURING OF SKYWARN OPERATIONS….
….DETAILS ON FEBRUARY 25TH EXERCISE TO FOLLOW LATER THIS WEEK….
Eastern Massachusetts ARES stood down late yesterday evening with the securing of operations at both the Massachusetts State EOC and the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts. 10-20″ snowfall amounts were common across the NWS Taunton County Warning Area. Higher amounts of over 20″ were reported in the Hartford, Connecticut area and slightly lesser amounts of 6-10″ were reported in some south coastal locations of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Numerous wind gusts were reported of 45 MPH or greater with a sustained wind of 38 MPH and a gust to 69 MPH reported at WQ1O’s home in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. This caused isolated pockets of wind damage. Also, moderate coastal flooding was reported in East Coastal Massachusetts particularly from Boston South with some of the vulnerable shore roads closed or impassable during the time of Sunday Morning’s high tide.
Concerning the ARES exercise, due to preparations for the blizzard, an update on what the exercise will involve will be posted by Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Since the exercise will largely involve home station support with little if any field station work, less preparation and lead time should be required.
Thanks to all ARES, RACES, SKYWARN and MARS Amateurs who supported the effort during this major nor’easter which was classified as the Pre-Valentine’s Day Blizzard of 2006 by the National Weather Service Sunday Afternoon.
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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