The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee met Tuesday morning, October 26, on a remote call to begin preparations for the powerful northeast storm that is forecasted to move into the region later in the day. 

Winds are expected to increase across the Cape and islands Tuesday into Wednesday night. The strongest winds are forecasted to begin between around 3 PM Tuesday into Wednesday, with windy conditions expected to ease later Wednesday.

Sustained winds are expected to range from 30 to 55 miles per hour on Cape Cod and the islands. Maximum wind gusts on the East Coast are expected to range from 50 to 75 mph. 

Periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected to continue. Rainfall totals through Wednesday are expected to be two to four inches, with localized amounts of three to five inches. Rain will transition to lighter rain with occasional showers for Wednesday morning, then diminish to isolated showers and finally end Wednesday afternoon.

Minor coastal flooding is a concern for the region during the high tide cycle. 

The storm is expected to move off shore later Wednesday, and drier weather is expected Thursday.

Eversource, National Grid and Verizon have secured additional external crews on the Cape and islands that will be able to handle storm related damage.

The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center will be activated at 4 PM Tuesday and will be ready to help towns and local agencies with resources, information and regional coordination during the storm. Representatives from Eversource, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions, and meteorologist Frank O’Laughlin will be present.

Shelters are in standby status. The county will reassess the need for regional shelters during the storm. There are six regional shelters in the region, including at Falmouth High School, Sandwich High School, and Barnstable Intermediate School. 

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