Tropical Storm Warning In Effect For Mass., R.I., And Connecticut

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As Tropical Storm Isaias makes its way along the East Coast, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for all of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in the Carolinas Monday night.

The storm is expected to bring potentially damaging winds for all of Southern New England starting Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. The South Coast could also see some minor coastal flooding Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Western Massachusetts could see flash flood from expected heavy rainfall.

"When you're talking wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, that will have the possibility of bringing down branches, maybe a few weaker trees," Alan Dunham, with the National Weather Service, said. "I would expect some, at least, scattered power outages over Eastern Massachusetts [Tuesday] evening."

There's also an increased risk of tornadoes in all of Southern New England, especially near the Connecticut River Valley. Tornado Warnings were issued in Rowe, Charlemont, and Hawley until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“When you have a system like this, moving over the land that’s tropical in nature, there will be the risk of small tornadoes pretty much across most of the state [Tuesday] afternoon,” Dunham said.

The National Weather Service said tropical storm winds are expected to start late-afternoon on Tuesday. But, Southern New England could see them early afternoon.

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Photo: Isaias making landfall in South Carolina. (Getty Images)