Fedele, Foster, and Jacoby: Men with Bedford Roots, Restoring Electric Power in Florida

By Julie McCay Turner

Three men with strong Bedford connections are in Florida this week, helping to restore electricity to the millions of households struck dark by Hurricane Irma. Rich Fedele of Wakefield’s Municipal Gas & Light Department, Jimmy Foster of IBEW Local 104, and Jason Jacoby of Concord Power and Light joined a convoy from Massachusetts headed south on Sunday, September 10.

Heavy Rains are Forecast for Bedford through Thursday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

While the weather is making headlines around the country and around the world, Bedford is in line for plenty of rain through Thursday according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday morning’s sky turned dark around 11 am, with up to 1.33 inches of rain in the forecast.

Wednesday’s Wet and Wild Weather

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

MEMA’s strong thunderstorm advisory sounded at 6:20 pm on Wednesday, July 12 at the end of a hot and humid afternoon, moments before Bedford was lashed by strong winds and drenched by 3.01 inches of rain. Unofficial reports claim that 2.5 inches fell within 40 minutes during the late evening rush hour.

Storm Damage on Davis Road

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: A Thursday morning’s post-storm update is available at http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2017/07/wednesdays-wet-wild-weather/

A large tree across the front of this house on Davis Road, without damage to the structure. According to the homeowner John Harris, “Massive oaks [are] down in the woods and field behind our house that I was unable to get pictures of this evening.”

Could it have been a micro burst, Harris wondered.

A Stormy Afternoon: Dark Skies, Serious Thunderstorms, and Flash Flood Warnings

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A late-afternoon thunderstorm moved through Bedford on Wednesday afternoon. A Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency flash flood warning was issued late in the afternoon, with a Severe Thunderstorm Warning posted at 6:20 pm. The warning will expire at 6:45 pm.

A Facebook message noted that Loomis Street was impassable around 6:15, and a tree is reported down, blocking Coachman Lane.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings – Flooding Possible

Compiled by the Bedford Citizen

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northeastern Middlesex County until 300 PM EDT. They also warn that torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Heavy Rain and Gusty Winds Likely Today into Sunday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On Friday evening MEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, predicted a winter-type nor’easter is forecast to bring a period of heavy rain and strong winds to the region Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

With the National Weather Service map predicting just over 2 inches of rain in Bedford, there is a high probability for a similar total throughout the region, with a low risk that a few locations could receive up to 3 inches of rain.

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as further information is received from MEMA

Winter Storm Watch for Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1 ~ No Fooling!

Submitted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

A storm bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain is forecast to begin moving into western Massachusetts between midnight and 4:00 AM Friday, reaching eastern Massachusetts between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM. The precipitation will continue into Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service probability range predicts an 83% chance of more than 4″ of snow for Bedford, with a 98% chance of at least an inch, and an 18% chance of a foot or more.

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