Heavy Rain and Strong Wind Expected for Berkshire County
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to track into the Carolinas tonight into Tuesday morning prompting a hurricane warning for parts of North and South Carolina.
According to the National Weather Service, the tropical storm is expected to regain hurricane strength before it pushes ashore into the Carolinas this evening with damaging winds, flooding rainfall, and storm surge flooding. The storm will then spread those impacts up the East Coast as far north as New England through Tuesday night.
What does that mean for Berkshire County residents? Berkshire County, along with Litchfield County, CT, is under a tropical storm watch and a flash flood watch from 7 am Tuesday until 7 am Wednesday.
The current forecast suggests that some localized rainfall in Berkshire County could be 3-4 inches, possibly up to 6 inches in some areas. The heaviest rainfall is expected tomorrow late afternoon into tomorrow night. The storm's greatest impact will be in flood-prone areas.
In addition to the heavy rains, the area is expected to experience tropical storm force winds Tuesday evening, although current forecasts say they could arrive as early as noon tomorrow. Gusts in some areas could reach up to 45 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm Isaias' expected impact on the county comes just 48 hours after a tornado touched down in Sandisfield in the southern Berkshires.