- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Coastal residents from Cape Ann to Cape Cod and the islands are keeping a wary eye on the sea and bracing for possible damage from the approaching storm.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it expects moderate flooding and “significant” beach erosion to occur, with major flooding possible in some pockets of northeast-facing shorelines.

Forecasters are expecting up to a 3 1/2 foot storm surge and offshore waves of 20-25 feet.

The biggest threat for severe flooding is during high tide in the overnight hours Tuesday.

State officials say decisions on mandatory evacuations - if any - would be made by local officials.

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee said it would have six shelters open on Cape Cod beginning Monday night for any residents forced to leave their homes.

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