The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the SouthCoast as storms are expected to sweep through the area this afternoon and tonight.

The warning goes into effect at 3 p.m. today and lasts until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

There will be sustained south winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of 50-60 mph across the SouthCoast as well as Cape Cod, the islands, and central and southern Rhode Island.

The warning states that "Damaging winds could blow down some trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles."

ABC6 meteorologist Chelsea Priest's forecast says with the strong system, "quickly heavy ran becomes more widespread and isolated thunderstorms will be possible later in the afternoon." She said one to two inches of rain is expected with some locally higher amounts possible.

The NWS is also reporting that flooding could be an issue across the area due to the heavy rain.

Winds are already picking up across Bristol County and Plymouth County.

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