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BCREPC Continues to Monitor Approach of Isaias, Now Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Isaias – Media Release 003

Barnstable, MA. (August 2, 2020) — At a 10:00 a.m. conference call on Sunday, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) convened remotely to discuss updates to the forecast for Isaias, now downgraded to a tropical storm.

Individuals present on the call included over 75 representatives from agencies across Cape Cod’s 15 towns and Nantucket, including police, fire, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Eversource, the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC), and several volunteer organizations, including the Red Cross.

UPDATE: Isaias has been downgraded to a tropical storm. As it moves north, its current track is projected to travel inland to western and central, Massachusetts, and the probability of the Cape Cod region experiencing strong tropical-storm-force winds is now low.

  • Up to 40-45 mph winds now expected to reach Cape Cod between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday;
  • Storm to make its way out of Cape Cod region by approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday;
  • Expect up to .5-inch rainfall on Cape Cod, with the most torrential rain to the west;
  • Scattered power outages and communication outages may occur but are less likely.
  • It is possible that the current storm track could change. To be safe, citizens should prepare for the potential of significant wind impacts. Efforts should be underway to secure all properties.

BCREPC wants residents and visitors to know that Tropical Storm Isaias is being monitored, and shelters will be ready to activate if necessary. The Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) is on standby for resource requests. Eversource has additional crews on standby for the Cape and the Islands if needed. The next remote conference call will be held on Monday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. to assess the latest forecasts. Visit for updates.

Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC)

The BCREPC was founded in September 2002 to assist the communities on Cape Cod and the Town of Nantucket with addressing hazardous materials emergency planning and response as required by the federal government. Today, the BCREPC has expanded its scope to include “All Hazard” emergency planning issues such as storm response, sheltering and grants management. The BCREPC is a coalition of emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, health care, public health, public works, EMS, military, and numerous other affiliated agencies as outlined by the Massachusetts State Emergency Response Committee (SERC). It represents the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth in Barnstable County, and the town of Nantucket in Nantucket County. The REPC is coordinated by the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment. Visit

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