Flash flood warning issued for Boston, Cambridge until 6 a.m.

Date: 2021-09-02 02:28:32

In an ominous warning, the weather service has issued a flash-flood alert for Boston and most of Massachusetts until after sunrise.

The rain from Ida is pounding down from Worcester, to Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex and Plymouth counties and New York City and New Jersey — where a tornado touched down — have issued emergency declarations.

“Pray for NY,” one person tweeted.

In Greater Boston, Quincy, Lynn, Newton, Somerville, Framingham, Waltham, Malden, Brookline, Medford, Weymouth, Revere, Peabody, Arlington, Everett, Salem, Billerica, Beverly and Marlboro are also on the watch list.

The National Weather Service alert states between 0.5 and 1.5 inches of rain had fallen already just after 10 p.m. Wednesday. But, “additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.”

The weather service said be especially wary of flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses “as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.”

And, “Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.”

Basically, all of the region is facing the possibility of flash flooding. Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen, Billerica, Chelmsford, Andover, Dracut, Tewksbury, North Andover, Burlington, Wilmington, Westford, Acton, Concord, Newburyport, Amesbury, North Reading, Bedford and Ipswich were added to the list just after 11 p.m.

New York City is also reporting an epic drenching — with 3.15 inches of rain falling in Central Park in just one hour.

The weather service stated “A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Metro New York City. This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!”

A tornado was also spotted in New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency.


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