***A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR COASTAL CT, ADDITIONALLY INCLUDING ALL OF MIDDLESEX AND NEW LONDON COUNTIES***
While the Tropical Storm Watch for CT remains in effect, for RI and MA it has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning. We will expect to see rain developing tomorrow morning and lasting through Wednesday. 1-2" of rain, with locally higher amounts possible, especially east of I-91. Tropical Storm Force Wind Gusts will also be likely, in excess of 40 mph. Scattered power outages may occur as a result of these strong winds. We'll also keep an eye on the potential for coastal flooding, especially during the high tide cycles.
THIS WEEK AND JOSE’S IMPACT…
Jose right now is about 500 miles S of Nantucket. Jose has weakened a bit with sustain wind near 75 mph. Jose is moving north, and will continue to move northward through the day today. This hurricane will start curving to the northeast tomorrow and Wednesday. While Connecticut is no longer in the cone of uncertainty on the official track from the National Hurricane Center, we will feel effects as it moves south of southern New England and eventually weakens into a Tropical Storm. A period of heavy rain is possible late tomorrow morning into Wednesday. Parts of CT, east of I-91 may receive between 1 and 3" of rain. In addition to the rain, the winds will really ramp up. In SE CT, we may feel Tropical Storm Force winds in excess of 40 mph. This may cause some scattered power outages. We will also keep an eye on the chance for minor coastal flooding, especially during high tide, along the CT shoreline.
Conditions will improve late Wednesday afternoon as Jose pulls further to the east of New England. It will still be windy, but the rain will end, and the sun may break out as highs approach 80.
The end of the week and the beginning of the upcoming weekend will be unseasonably warm as well. We are forecasting highs in the low and middle 80s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and even Sunday. There may be some fog in the morning. Otherwise, we can expect partly to mostly sunny skies all 4 days.
We are now in the final days of the summer season. Fall officially arrives on Friday, September 22nd, and 4:02 in the afternoon. That is when the autumnal equinox will occur.
TROPICAL STORMS LEE AND MARIA…
Tropical Depression Lee is located in the Eastern Atlantic. Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria is approaching the Leeward Islands and the US Virgin Islands. The current forecast has Maria passing near or over Puerto Rico as a major hurricane on Wednesday. This is not good news! This area has already been dealt a devastating blow from Category 5 Hurricane Irma. We will keep you updated.
Meteorologist Melissa Cole with Scot Haney
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