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A high wind watch has been upgraded to a warning which goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday and runs through 4 p.m. Sunday. A high wind warning is issued when winds in excess of 40 mph are sustained for an hour or more and/or gusts over 58 mph at any given time. In this case, both criterions are expected to be met.

Of course there is no such thing as a wind warning without a coastal flood warning. Jibbing with the tide, the coastal flood warning is currently in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday.

As a side note, it will also be a soaker. Rain moves in late tonight and stays in place through Sunday afternoon the heaviest of which looks to be mid day through early evening Saturday afternoon.

As I’m aware, there are a notable number of family and friends making it to the Cape this weekend and those folks should be aware that there appears to be a fairly good chance of nuisance limb damage as well as the requisite power outages. If there is anyone with a watch schedule that does not begin until November or beyond who believe they [or a neighbor; a really good neighbor!] may have some hatches in need of battening, please touch base sooner than later as the loop will begin at dawn.

An update will be sent tomorrow afternoon. Happy Halloween.