A flash flood watch remains in effect for all of Connecticut through Wednesday. (WFSB Graphic)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Flooding continues to be a problem for some parts of Connecticut on Tuesday as more storms are expected to hit the state later in the day.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for all of Connecticut through Wednesday.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties until 10:15 p.m.
As of about 10 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power was reporting about 8,600 customers to be without power. United Illuminating had about 2,000 customers in the dark.
A cluster of storms is headed toward and into southwest Connecticut producing very heavy rain, gusty wind, lightning and flooding concerns.
WFSB Chief Meteorologist Bruce Deprest said incoming storms for Tuesday evening could produce very heavy downpours, and some areas could see between one and two inches of rain.
The rain is expected to end Wednesday evening as a cold front pushes in, and the humidity levels are expected to drop off.
Governor warns CT residents to be cautious because of possible wicked weather
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged all Connecticut residents to take precautions with the possible severe weather on Tuesday night.
"We continue to be in a very active, severe weather pattern," Malloy said in a statement on Tuesday. "I am asking all residents, especially those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas, to stay alert to changing weather conditions."
Officials with the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are monitoring the storm and will be ready if any state assistance is needed.
Early Warning Weather Day declared on Tuesday
Because of the dangerous flooding hitting the state on Tuesday, Eyewitness News declared Tuesday an Early Warning Weather Day, a way of letting you know about potentially severe weather.
There is still a risk of heavy downpours and flash flooding throughout the state on Tuesday, according to WFSB meteorologists.
"In fact, the storms we are expecting later today could rival what we experienced yesterday, reaching severe limits with damaging wind being the primary threat, especially across western Connecticut," Dixon said.
Connecticut residents will have to also deal with the oppressive humidity for a little while longer, Dixon said.
"Dew point temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the low and mid-70s today," Dixon said.
Monday night flooding leads to preparation for Tuesday rain
A portion of Route 10 in New Haven, also known as Ella Grasso Boulevard, was closed because of high water on Tuesday morning.
Route 10 remained closed at the Interstate 95 overpass until the water receded. Officials urged commuters to not drive through flooded roads.
Flooding closed the southbound side of I-95 in the following locations:
Exit 46 Long Wharf
Sargent Drive and Exit 45 Route 10
Kimberly Avenue and Boulevard
Right lane of Exit 45 off-ramp
On Tuesday, the New Haven Fire Department had been monitoring water levels and checking pumps along Morris Creek, especially since the east shore neighborhood has seen its share of flooding.
Residents in the area have already seen some flooding this week, and now they are preparing for even more.
New Haven resident Frank Oboyski said he is used to flooding, and just about every other homeowner on the east shore has a sump pump, but there have been times when the pump can't handle all of the water.
Oboyski said he has seen between three and four inches of water in his basement.
About seven years ago the city installed its own pumps to reduce flooding. When the storm drains overflow, the pump takes the water out and puts it back out in Morris Creek.
"It's a big difference," said New Haven resident Edna Woods.
The fire department said it was preparing for heavy rains expected Tuesday evening by testing the pumps to make sure they are ready to handle the water.
The city tells us the pumps have made a difference because it gets the water out faster.
"The severity of flooding overall has gone down a lot," said New Haven Alder Sal Dicola.
"Being on the corner, I've had an issue with the basement flooding because the stream is right there and drainage has not always been the best in the past," said Josh Van Hoesen, of New Haven.
Van Hoesen added that he has placed many of his belongings on shelves, and he also has a pool pump running to keep the water levels down.
"I moved here a couple of years ago and the road floods when it rains any momentum," said New Haven resident Debbie Goodrow
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