Boston officials hold briefing ahead of storm system approach – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — A bout of snow may not be coming for the Boston area, but heavy downpours followed by a blast of cold and harsh winds have city leaders preparing for the worst and cautioning for the next 48 hours guess.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and other officials outlined precautionary measures ahead of the storm system, which is expected to hit Thursday night, especially with some trying to shop at the last minute.

“Build in that extra cushion of time – sometimes with Christmas shopping, I know I’m guilty of being in a rush to throw the car somewhere to get that last present – just give it a little extra time – it.” is always better to play it safe,” Wu said Thursday.

With heavy rain and wind expected, the mayor expressed concern about falling branches and power lines, advising residents to call 311 immediately if they encounter downed wires.

Officials also addressed possible coastal flooding and discussed how the storm’s high tide could cause local flooding, particularly in the seaport, which has seen record-breaking flooding in past storms.

“We station two vehicles in this area, which are flood rescue vehicles. So if something happens there, we can get people out,” Boston Fire Department Commissioner Paul Burke said.

On his website, the mayor’s office said the water level is expected to be about a meter above high tide. It also noted that Boston Police and Emergency Medical Services teams will be available to check in and assist the city’s vulnerable populations, with street teams working extended hours in addition to mobile emergency vehicles that are on the road throughout the day are.

Elsewhere, closure and delay announcements began Thursday morning across the region, in addition to MBTA’s announcement that all ferry services to Charlestown, East Boston and Hingham/Hull were canceled for Friday due to tomorrow’s high winds.

For more information on the upcoming storm, check out the 7NEWS Weather Blog for the latest forecast.

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