Tropical storms can have a local impact

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Cape Cod and the islands were expected to bear the brunt of the spring storm that struck full force Wednesday. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of snow.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. 22News explains how the tropics can cause damage here in New England.

We just have to think back to “Superstorm Sandy,” or “Tropical Storm Irene” to realize that we can be impacted here.

“Superstorm Sandy” damaged the Massachusetts and Connecticut coastlines. “Tropical Storm Irene” dropped several inches of rain in a 24-hour period, swelling rivers and bringing severe flooding to Shelburne Falls in Franklin County.

Kelisha Grant of Springfield has lived through several hurricanes in Jamaica, and knows how these storms can change your life.

“No electricity, you can’t really call up people because the phone lines are down, the lights are down, the water is out so you don’t know what is happening on the other side of the country so that really was the worst part,” said Grant.

While storm surge and high winds are the main threats for the New England coastline, inland flooding is our biggest threat from tropical systems.

The national hurricane center is predicting a near-normal to below normal hurricane season with 8-13 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes.

It only takes one big storm making landfall to cause severe impacts.

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