HOLLAND — Heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts are poised to strike the Holland area starting this evening, with the National Weather Service (NWS-NOAA) issuing a special weather statement urging residents to brace for potential flooding and power disruptions.
According to the NWS-NOAA, the region should anticipate widespread rain accumulations between 2 to 4 inches, with some localities potentially receiving up to 5 or 6 inches.
The deluge is likely to cause scattered flooding, particularly in areas with poor drainage or at lower elevations.
Rivers and streams are also expected to swell, possibly leading to minor to moderate flooding.
Wind gusts are forecast to reach their peak overnight through Monday afternoon, with widespread occurrences ranging from 35 to 50 mph.
These conditions could down trees and power lines, increasing the risk of power outages across the area.
In preparation for the incoming storm, Holland’s Police and Fire Chiefs convened today to discuss response strategies.
The town has proactively increased staffing levels for both police and fire departments and has coordinated with municipal services, including the Highway Department.
External agencies such as the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and National Grid are also on standby to assist.
Authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and follow local weather updates.
Residents are reminded to steer clear of fallen trees and power lines, treat any downed lines as live, and report them to the police.
Caution is advised due to the risk of electrical charge in water-logged areas and residual power in nearby objects.
Driving through flooded roads is strongly discouraged.
With temperatures expected to drop through Monday, icing conditions may develop, adding to travel hazards.
The Holland Police and Fire Departments recommend that residents check their generators and sump pumps to ensure functionality and to follow safety guidelines for their operation.