Massachusetts is now under a state of emergency, joining Rhode Island as Hurricane Irene heads towards New England. Evacuations are underway for many cities and towns and a hurricane warning has been issued for coastal RI and MA.
This hurricane warning includes Narragansett Bay, Westerly, East Greenwich, Warwick, Providence, Barrington, Newport, New Bedford, Fall River and East to the Cape.
If you are inland in southern New England, including northwest RI and the northern part of Bristol County, MA, a tropical storm warning has been issued. This indicates that tropical storm conditions are likely to begins in the next 48 hours.
Which cities and towns are being evacuated?
- Narragansett: mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas by 10 a.m. Sunday.
- South Kingstown: mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas by 10 a.m. Sunday.
- Westerly: mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas by 6 p.m. Saturday.
- Evacuations notices have also been issued in Bristol, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Jamestown, North Kingstown and Portsmouth.
- See the Rhode Isand Hurricane Evacuation maps here
Massachusetts residents can check the Mass.Gov public safety page here for the latest information on evacuations.
What’s open and what’s closed during Hurricane Irene’s visit to New England?
If you are heading to the beach to check out the surf, beaches will be closed on Sunday. Additionally, all of Rhode Island’s state parks and management areas will be closed.
Parking bans begin in many areas of Rhode Island as early as Saturday at noon. The Warwick Mall will be closed on Sunday. Many schools have not opened yet but are already canceling what should be the first day of school next week.
Already canceled for Monday and Tuesday are public schools in Coventry, Cranston and North Kingstown. See the current list of closings/delays here. Rhode Islanders can sign up for cancellation alerts via text here.
In Massachusetts there are a number of closings as of Friday, August 26. Click here for the most updated list.
If you live locally here in Rhode Island or in nearby Boston, check the TF Greene Airport home page for all flight arrivals, departures, cancellations and delays. Find flight information for Logan Airport, Boston here. Check for flight delays and cancellations at NY’s Laguardia Airport here and JFK Airport here. Traveling by train? Check the Amtrak updateshere.
Hurricane Irene help: Red Cross Safe and Well website, iPhone app
- Track Tropical Storm Irene: Social media, iPhone, smartphone weather resources
Photo Credit: A sign saying “Go Away Irene!” is spray painted on a baorded up storefront in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)
Sources: WJAR, WPRI, Boston.com, Mass.gov