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New England Storm Brings Coastal Flooding and Dangerous Seas

An intense low off the coast of Nova Scotia will brings strong winds and rough seas to parts of New England through Friday, along with heavy rain and snow for some.

The low will remain strong as it retrogrades, or moves west, slightly during the day Thursday before moving away from the coast on Friday. Strong east and northeasterly winds are expected along the coast as a result, which could creates waves between 8 and 23 feet high. Dangerous conditions for mariners are expected with seas remaining treacherous into Saturday. Swells of up to 15 feet are possible through Saturday evening.

High wind warnings and wind advisories have been issued for the highlighted areas in Massachusetts. The alerts begin early Friday and last throughout the day. Gusts could potentially reach 60 mph which could lead to downed trees and power-lines.

Those strong winds will also bring a threat for coastal flooding to the areas highlighted in light green from Nantucket up through Portland, Maine. Coastal inundation is expected to reach 1-2 feet in some areas.

Heavy rain could accumulate to more than 1-2 inches in some areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Snow could accumulate to more than six inches to a foot on Mt. Washington, with light to moderate snow across other mountainous areas.

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Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues.

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