As of just before noon, south winds were gusting to 45 MPH at times across our area. Radar currently shows a band of heavy rain moving thru southern Connecticut. A total of 984 customers are without power across the state mainly in Southwestern CT. Winds are forecast to continue increasing for the next several hours and additional power outages are expected.
Rain and wind will continue to increase with winds gusting over 60 MPH along the coast and over 45 MPH. Additional power outages and fallen tree limbs along with some damage to outdoor structures are likely to occur today. Heavy downpours may cause some flooding in low-lying areas.
The strongest winds and heaviest rainfall is expected to occur between noon and 6:00 PM. During this time, winds may gust as high as 60 - 70 MPH across a large portion of the state with the strongest winds in central and eastern CT. Isolated higher wind gusts cannot be ruled out along the immediate coastline. Significant tree damage, high-end moderate numbers of power outages and heavy damage to outdoor structures is possible. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible during high tides between 3:00 – 4:00 PM this afternoon.
The rain and wind are forecast to subside this evening and winds should be down to 20 MPH by midnight. The overall impact of this event is still expected to be moderate, however, there may be isolated areas of major damage.
Residents are urged to remain indoors today and make preparations for power outages. Roads across Town may become blocked due to fallen trees and travel will be hazardous. Stay tuned to local news for updates.