BOSTON — Parts of New England, including Boston and Worcester, saw record rainfall on Christmas Day as warm weather and 50 to 70 mph wind gusts passed through the area.
7 p.m.: Flood Warnings canceled across Mass.
5 p.m.: Flood Watch canceled for the area. Some Flood Warnings remain in effect but those are set to expire by 7:00 pm. as the rain is moving out.
3 p.m.: Flood warnings remain in effect for parts of Mass. Rain to continue this afternoon before cold air arrives Saturday.
Noon: The high wind warning has dropped for Massachusetts, but an advisory remains in effect.
Record rainfall in Boston, Worcester, Providence and other local areas
11 a.m.: Many areas are seeing record rainfall as it’s continuing to rain. Since midnight, Boston has .98 inches.
Flood warning issued for central Massachusetts
9 a.m.: Shiri says there’s a flood warning for central Massachusetts where 1 to 2 inches of rain is causing small rivers to reach their banks.
8 a.m.: More than 7,200 customers across Massachusetts are without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Power outages spreading across Massachusetts
7 a.m.: More than 3,700 customers are without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Power outages are expected
5:30 a.m.: Widespread power outages are expected across Massachusetts, especially through noon.
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Winter driving tips from MassDOT:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
- Leave plenty of room for stopping
- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
- Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
- Most importantly please remember to slow down.
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