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Barnstable County Prepares for Powerful Ocean Storm

Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee

Media Release 01 – January Storm

January 3, 2018

For Immediate Release

Barnstable County Prepares for Powerful Ocean Storm


  • Blizzard warning in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday
  • Coastal flood warning in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Thursday
  • At the height of the storm, winds could gust as high as 70 mph
  • Bitterly cold air will flow in behind the storm
  • Citizens should be prepared for power outages
  • The Barnstable County MACC will be activated at 6 a.m. Thursday

    BARNSTABLE (MA) January 3, 2018 – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, to discuss preparations for the approaching winter storm.

    With the track of the storm moving further westward, a period of rain is expected, which will lessen the snow totals on the Cape and Islands.

    The heaviest winds are predicted to occur between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

    Coastal flooding is a concern on the Bay side of Cape Cod during the 1 p.m. high tide on Thursday.

    Electric utility Eversource will pre-stage tree, pole, and line crews on the Cape ahead of the storm.

    The BCREPC advises the citizens of Barnstable County to be prepared for winter weather conditions and refrain from driving during the storm to enable highway crews to treat and clear the roads and utility crews to restore power as needed.

    STATUS: The BCREPC Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) operated by the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team will be activated at 6 a.m. Thursday. A decision about the status of the Barnstable County Regional Shelter System will be made later on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.



For information about preparedness and the Regional Shelter System visit the Barnstable County REPC website at Follow the BCREPC on Twitter @bcrepc.


Additional information on preparedness is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at or the FEMA website at or call 2-1-1. For specific local information, citizens should contact the emergency management office in their town.