Wind and Rain Expected Across Cape and Islands As Hermine Lingers

Hermine - 5HYANNIS – The Cape and Islands are in line for some high winds and rain over the next couple of days as Hermine meanders and lingers south of New England.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the region, with winds expected out of the northeast at 22 to 27 mph – gusting to 34 today.

Rain from the post-tropical system is expected later in the day.

The National Hurricane Center says Hermine will slowly drift to the north before turning back to the northeast by mid-week.

Tropical storm conditions are possible through Wednesday evening, before the storm finally pulls away from the East Coast.

The early morning trips from Hyannis to Nantucket and trips on the Governor between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven on the Steamship Authority were cancelled Monday. The Hy-Line cancelled its Martha’s Vineyard to Hyannis service and the inter-island ferry through Monday.

Both of those boat lines will be on a boat by boat basis.

The Island Queen will not run to and from the Vineyard Monday, and will be trip-by-trip Tuesday and Wednesday.

Air traffic remains largely unchanged.

Both Eversource, which provides electricity to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, and National Grid, which provides power to Nantucket, are both monitoring the storm for any possible outages that develop as the storm continues to churn offshore.

The Coast Guard is advising mariners to use caution, as swells may produce rough surf and increase the risk of strong rip currents.

Mariners are warned to take the following precautions to protect vessel and crew:

– If storms are predicted avoid unnecessary trips to sea.

– Ensure availability of sufficient life jackets as well as proper signaling and communication devices aboard vessels.

– File a float plan with a friend or trusted source before getting underway.

– Verify lines securing moored vessels, and store loose items.

Swimmers and paddle craft users are advised to:

– Be extra cautious of rip tides. Check your local beach forecast and talk with lifeguards when available.

– Carry identification, label all paddle craft, and secure recreational equipment when not in use.

– Check safety equipment and insure it’s ready for use in an emergency.

– Tell a friend or trusted source where you are going and when you plan to be back.

– For information on how to identify and avoid rip currents, visit the following NOAA link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/training/BreaktheGripoftheRip/player.html

For additional guidance mariners are advised to contact their local harbormaster.

By MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com News Director

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