FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Just as many Thanksgiving travelers were preparing to hit the road and the airports late, the National Weather Service put a Flood Watch, a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Wind Advisory into effect for Fairfield County.
Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches, with local amount of up to 4 inches, is expected. The brunt of the storm is expected to be from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. The heavy rain could cause flooding as well.
At the same time, southeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will blow with gusts of up to 50 mph overnight with temperatures in the mid-50s. Winds could bring down tree limbs and power lines, causing property damage and power outages.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned residents about the major coastal storm.
“The current forecast is calling for heavy rain, minor flooding, and high winds, so I want people to take common-sense precautions to secure their property and be aware of deteriorating conditions as the height of this storm approaches,” said Malloy. “If you have travel plans tomorrow, please use caution on the roadways and give yourself some extra time to get your destination.”
The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and is ready to coordinate any response or assistance that may be necessary.
Heavy rain, and possibly a thunderstorm, will continue with patchy fog between 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday with highs in the mid-50s.
Rain will gave way to showers Wednesday night and could mix with snow after 11 p.m. before ending.
Thanksgiving Day will be much colder with sunny skies and a high in the mid-30s and winds of 16 to 22 mph.
The heavy rain is due to the low pressure system, which will tap into Gulf and Atlantic moisture as it moves up the East Coast.
The rain is likely to cause significant flooding in urban, low-lying and poor drainage areas. Many small streams will overflow their banks and see minor flooding.
Tides along western Long Island Sound will be 2 1/2 feet above astronomical tides due to storm tide during high tide. Flooding is possible along shore roads and in basements, with wave splashover.
The Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from 5 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Wind Advisory from midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesday and the Flood Watch from midnight until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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