Heavy rain, strong winds to hit the region on Sunday and Monday

  • Raindrops sparkle in the sun as they cling to the backs of a blanket of fallen leaves in a park in North Adams, Mass. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. After a period of warm and dry weather in New England, Tuesday brought rain, with continued warm temperatures and humidity. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) Gillian Jones

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

It won’t technically be a nor’easter, since winds are expected to come from the southeast, but the region is expected to see a mix of high winds and heavy rain into Monday from a storm that could seem like a nor’easter.

In particular, the Coast Guard said it’s preparing for a storm that could produce wind gusts in excess of 50 knots – roughly 58 mph – and seas greater than 20 feet, which it warned “could pose life, threatening conditions for mariners.”

The National Weather Service is also warning of the possibility of flash flooding in parts of New England due to localized bouts of heavy rainfall, as much as 2 to 3 inches in a few hours.

Unitil was among several utilities to issue warnings about possible power outages due to high winds bringing down trees, which still have plenty of leaves.

“In winds of this speed, leaves can act as a sail and help to pull a tree over, bringing down poles and wires,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “With some communities planning trick-or-treating for Sunday or Monday evening, we strongly urge all to remain alert in storm conditions and watch for downed wires.”

Their concern is due to Tropical Storm Philippe, which formed in the Caribbean on Friday, moved north and combined with a cold front that generated early-season snowfall over parts of the upper Midwest.