More than a dozen ferry trips to and from the Vineyard were canceled Monday as a storm hit southern New England with strong winds.

The National Weather Service placed Dukes County under a High Wind Warning through 7 p.m. Forecasters predicted damaging winds and flooding rain would continue through the morning, before improving later in the afternoon.

Gusts up to 65 mph were expected, with sustained south winds between 30 and 40 mph.

Flooding at Five Corners. — Ray Ewing

“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches,” the weather service wrote in its warning, which also included the Cape and Nantucket. “If possible, remain in lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows.”

As of 8 a.m., about an inch of rain had fallen in West Tisbury, and Atlanic avenue, along South Beach, has been closed due to flooding. The strongest reported gust was 56 mph at Martha’s Vineyard Airport around 12:30 p.m.

The Steamship Authority had warned customers of the forecast and said cancellations on the Vineyard route were likely throughout the day, if not the entire day.

Around 2 p.m., Eversource reported power outages in Chilmark, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

Several parts of the Island were also flooded. Five Corners in Vineyard Haven was inundated and Atlantic Drive in Edgartown was closed.