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Heavy rains causes flash flooding in parts of CT

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A tropical air mass will remain in place over Connecticut Friday, as a cold front pushes through the area later in the day, bringing more rain and possibly severe thunderstorms.

As a result, flash flood watches have been issued for parts of Connecticut. Flash flood warnings issued earlier in the day have been canceled.

Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Meteorologist Scot Haney said clouds will keep it from getting too warm Friday, but it will still be a bit unpleasant, because of the high humidity. Afternoon highs will range from the upper 70s to the low and mid 80s.

Haney said Connecticut residents will then have to deal with showers and thunderstorms from time to time Friday, and Friday night. Showers and thunderstorms should become quite numerous as the cold front slowly moves into this moisture-laden air over the state.

Some of the thunderstorms will produce torrential downpours, and Haney said that while it won't happen everywhere in the state, localized flooding is a distinct possibility.

Some of the thunderstorms could also become strong to severe, but that will greatly depend on sunshine and heating.

Heavy rain has been falling across Connecticut for hours, and flooding is being reported in various locations across Connecticut.

Flooding reported in several Connecticut towns

WFSB viewers have reported flooding throughout Torrington, including in several large parking lots and backyards. There are also flooded streets and cars under water. Drivers are advised not to drive on flooded roads.

There is also serious flooding in Windsor Locks, and Route 140 was shut down for a brief period of time.

"Never seen it like this," said witness Dan Tommasi. "I've lived here for 10 years, and never seen it this bad."

Police told Eyewitness News the water is moving fast and Main, West and Center streets are covered in water. For 45 minutes, neighbors in Windsor Locks heard the thumping of the rain.

"Streets are flooded, people are stuck, it's horrible," said Tommasi, who was towing people out with his pickup. "I pulled someone out on West Street. I was going to pull this guy out,(pointing to a car) but the cops wouldn't let me."

There has been reports of flooding in Ellington, Enfield, Tarriffvile, East Windsor and Somers.

The rain stopped completely just before 4 p.m., allowing the drains in Windsor Locks to finally take in all this water, and that's why roads were finally able to reopen.

Eyewitness News checked with fire officials, and they said homes in Windsor Locks sustained just some minor damage.

Lake Compounce impacted by flooding in Bristol

Lake Compounce officials announced on Facebook Friday morning that the park would only be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., because many of the rides are down because of flooding. In addition, officials said, the water park will not open Friday.

The general manager of Lake Compounce, Jerry Brick, said the only reason they're open at all is because a large group from New York is here, and they couldn't reschedule.

Brick said its not just because of flooding, but he's also concerned about poor visibility and overall safety.

Anyone at park Friday will be able to get a free ticket to come back.

Keep with Channel 3 Eyewitness News throughout the day to keep updated on Friday's weather.

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