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NWS: Storm Will Impact Our Area with Strong Winds, Heavy Rain, Coastal Flood Advisories

Report by Paula Antolini, October 16, 2019, 4:15PM EDT

A STRONG AUTUMN STORM WILL IMPACT OUR AREA OVERNIGHT WITH STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN…COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORIES AND WIND ADVISORIES HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

The GFS and NAM models are forecasting that a low pressure system currently located over the Great Lakes this afternoon will re-develop off the Virginia coast by this evening.  This low pressure system is then forecast to rapidly intensity as the storm moves northeast and then north, almost directly over Connecticut just after midnight. 

As the storm deepens a fairly tight pressure gradient will set up across our area for several hours this evening bringing in southeast winds gusting to 30 – 40 MPH at times.  The winds are then forecast to swing around to the northwest after midnight and gust from 40 – 45 MPH across the state.  Rain, heavy at times is expected between 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM with rainfall rates exceeding 1” per hour at times.  Total rainfall is forecast to range from 2” – 4” across the state. 

The strong winds and heavy rains are expected to cause some scattered power outages in many towns and some minor urban flooding overnight.  Minor coastal flooding is also expected during the times of high tide in Long Island Sound at midnight in New London and just before 2:00 AM at Bridgeport and Stamford.  Tides are forecast to run 1.5 – 2.5 feet above normal. 

The rainfall is expected to taper down to showers before daybreak on Thursday, however the strong northwest winds are forecast to continue for most of the day.  The strong winds, which may gust to 50 MPH at times, will likely cause some additional power outages during the day. 

Above report from State, Doug Hartline, RS, Redding Health Dept, Redding, Ct. 06875

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THURSDAY …

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect until 6 PM EDT Thursday.

* WHAT…Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph this evening along the coast, becoming west and expanding across the entire area tonight into Thursday.

* WHERE…Entire Tri-State Area.

* WHEN…From 10 PM this evening to 6 PM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS…Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph, or gusts of 46 to 57 mph, are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, in open areas, and on elevated roads and bridges. Use extra caution.

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Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Steady temperature around 60. Southeast wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then rain likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 47. Breezy, with an east wind 14 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 2 and 3 inches possible.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 39.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

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