For Immediate Release: 8/3/2020 8:00 pm
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Strom Warning for the Greater Worcester area through Wednesday morning forcing the closure of all public aquatics facilities, including pools, beaches and spray parks, and postponement of all regularly scheduled recreation programs including Recreation Worcester on Tuesday, August 4.
Storm-force winds up to 40-60 miles per hour are expected, accompanied by 2-4 inches of rain accumulation. The peak of the storm is expected to occur on Tuesday between 5 p.m. and 12 midnight.
Strong wind gusts can cause severe bodily and property damage. Residents are urged to bring any loose objects indoors and secure those that cannot be moved. Restaurants and retailers must breakdown outdoor displays, tents, tables and other furniture.
• Damage to tents, roofing/siding, porches, awnings, carports, sheds, mobile homes if unanchored
• Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles
• Large trees may snap or uproot, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted
• Fences and roadway signs may blow over
• Roads may become impassable from large debris
• Scattered power and communications outages especially in areas with above ground lines.
• Urban flooding if significant downpours occur in short periods of time
CLOSED AQUATICS FACILITES:
• Bell Pond Beach
• East Spray Park
• Crompton Park Pool
• Greenwood Spray Park
• Indian Lake Beach
• John J. Binienda Memorial Beach
• Shore Park Beach