Cape Cod Weather Menu: Heavy Rain Served with a Side of Wind

CCB MEDIA PHOTO A parking lot in Hyannis floods on Wednesday morning as heavy rains hit the area

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A parking lot in Hyannis floods on Wednesday morning as heavy rains hit the area

HYANNIS – The first of what will be several days of rain and wind began with power outages early Wednesday on Cape Cod and the Islands.

The region is dealing with a one-two punch of unsettled weather that started today as a storm moved out of the Mid-Atlantic region.

The wild card for later this weekend is Hurricane Joaquin, which was upgraded from tropical storm status early Wednesday as it lingers down south.

A power line that came down in Mashpee early this morning left about 1,800 Eversource customers in the mid and upper Cape in the dark.

Spokesman Paul Connelly said the outage was caused by a line that fell on Quinaquisset Road around 5:30 a.m. Almost all of those outages were in Mashpee and Barnstable, with just under 100 outages in Sandwich.

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Sailboats ride out the waves in Hyannis Harbor

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Sailboats ride out the waves in Hyannis Harbor

An earlier outage on Martha’s Vineyard knocked out power to about 2,200 customers.

Eversource said both outages were likely weather-related and that additional scattered power loss was likely throughout the day.

The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms to persist on Cape Cod through Wednesday night, with more rain in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Wind gusts could be as high as 35 mhp at times during that time frame. Northern and western Massachusetts are under a flood watch into Thursday with the region seeing sometimes heavy rainfall from a slow moving cold front.

The National Weather Service says as much as four inches of rain could fall, with locally higher downpours that could cause spotty flash flooding.

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Strong winds whip an American flag at the JFK Memorial in Hyannis

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Strong winds whip an American flag at the JFK Memorial in Hyannis

Any potential local impacts from Joaquin could come late in the weekend and early Monday.

A hurricane warning was issued for the central Bahamas as the storm approached Thursday. Joaquin’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 80 mph. The National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected over the next two days.

As of midday Wednesday, the storm was centered about 245 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and was moving southwest near 6 mph. Joaquin’s center is expected to pass over or near the central Bahamas Wednesday night or Thursday.

By MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com News Director

(Material from The Associated Press was used in this report)

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