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Cape and Islands Brace for Tropical Storm Elsa

Update: 3 p.m.

Eversource is now reporting thousands of power outages on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. National Grid is showing zero power outages on Nantucket.

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Update: 12:15 p.m.

Eversource is reporting clusters of power outages on the Upper Cape. Sagamore is currently seeing 130 customers without power and Buzzards Bay is seeing over 400 customers without power.

At least 2-dozen trucks are parked at the Falmouth Police station, ready to repair any downed power lines.

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At least 2-dozen trucks are parked at the Falmouth Police station, ready to repair any downed power lines.
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Liam Cogavin fills gas during the storm as a station attendant in Falmouth.

Update: 7 a.m.

The Cape, Coast and Islands are bracing for the effects of Tropical Storm Elsa as it passes by our region today.

We could see wind gusts upwards of 60 miles an hour out of the Southeast, which could topple trees and limbs and cause power outages.

William Hinkle with Eversource says 500 utility crews are standing by.

"A lot of those resources are currently positioned on the Cape because that's where forecasts are indicating to expect the strongest winds at this moment, but we'll be able to shift around those resources as necessary."

There's a decent chance of water spouts forming off the coast, and a possible tornado on land.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini says they saw evidence of water spouts when the storm passed New Jersey earlier this morning.

"It's pretty likley there's water spouts coming out of the water. We have seen tornado warnings come out in New Jersey, but no confirmed tornadoes as of yet."

The peak of the storm is expected between 10 and 1 this afternoon in the region. But winds will shift to the West later in the afternoon as Elsa moves out to the East. Wind gusts will be less severe but still up to 50 miles per hour.

The Cape and Islands are expected to get under an inch of rain. More inland, there will likely be smaller wind gusts, but between 2 and 4 inches of rain.

The height of the storm is expected between 10 and 1 for the Cape, Islands and South Coast.