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Heavy rain, winds expected to linger overnight

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Catherine Street in the Cosy Beach neighborhood of East Haven (WFSB) Catherine Street in the Cosy Beach neighborhood of East Haven (WFSB)
Water Street was closed shortly after noon time due to flooding. (Norwalk police photo) Water Street was closed shortly after noon time due to flooding. (Norwalk police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Wednesday may have started out dry, but the remnants of Hurricane Patricia started to bring heavy rain and gusty winds during the afternoon hours.

The stormy weather is expected to linger overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Rain will be heavy at times, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said, and there is even a chance for a few gusty thunderstorms.

"The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has placed all of Connecticut in a “marginal” risk area for severe thunderstorms," DePrest said.

Keep an eye on Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler here.

DePrest said gusts to over 40 miles per hour are possible, especially near the coast and in some exposed higher elevations.

"The strong southerly flow will push temperatures upward through the 60s overnight," DePrest said.

DePrest said one of his concerns is localized drainage, as leaves could clog storm drains.

The other concern is that the winds could lead to scattered power outages. At one point on Wednesday evening, Eversource reported more than 5,000 customers in the state were without power.

Eversource customers can check the status of power outages here.

United Illuminating customers can check the status of power outages here.

"This will make driving tricky tonight and tomorrow morning," DePrest said.

AAA agreed. It reminded drivers that the roads could be more slick than usual because of the wet leaves.

“This is a high risk rainfall because drivers will have limited visibility and even though the roads are not icy, they’ll be exceptionally slippery because of all the leaves,” said Amy Parmenter, an AAA spokesperson.  “Folks should do what they can to avoid driving during the height of the storm and, if you must be on the road, drive as defensively as possible.”

AAA said drivers could be up against five factors:

  1. Limited vision – When so much rain falls over a short period of time, drivers can’t see. If drivers can’t see, they can’t drive.  Pull over and put on the hazard lights.
  2. Covered Roads – The heavy rain is expected to bring down a blanket of leaves that will put a slick layer between the tires and the surface of the road. 
  3. Flooding – Drivers attempting to drive through a flooded roadway or intersection put themselves, their passengers and their cars at risk.
  4. Hydroplaning – Even without the leaves, wet roads minimize traction. 
  5. Other Drivers – With the increased risks, there will be accidents.  Drive defensively.

“Even defensive drivers are at risk when the roads are so wet and blanketed with leaves," Parmenter said. "Turn on your lights, not just so you can see – but also so you can be seen by others."

A coastal flood advisory was in place for southern Fairfield and southern New Haven counties, but it expired 2 p.m. High tide coinciding with the recent full moon flooded some streets.

There were reports of flooded streets in shoreline cities and towns like Norwalk, Milford and West Haven on Wednesday afternoon.

Rainfall totals could range from 1 to 2 inches. However, some parts of the state could see 3 inches.

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