CONNECTICUT — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for parts of Fairfield and New Haven County and a thunderstorm warning is also in effect for parts of the region.
The weather service said thunderstorms producing heavy rain in southern Fairfield County were occurring this evening. Up to three inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly, the weather service cautioned.
Thunderstorms are bringing flash flooding conditions to Fairfield and New Haven County and resulting in "water rescues and stranded vehicles in Bridgeport," the weather service said.
"Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas" are expected, the weather service said.
Some locations that will experience flooding include: Bridgeport, New Haven, Milford, Wallingford, Shelton, Fairfield, Hamden, Stratford, Trumbull, Branford, North Haven, Monroe, Seymour, North Branford and Orange.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Fairfield County until 7:15 p.m. The storms may bring quarter size hail and minor damage to vehicles is possible, the weather service said.
This severe thunderstorm will be near:
Brewster around 615 PM EDT.
Danbury and Ridgefield around 645 PM EDT.
Redding around 700 PM EDT.
And a special weather statement has been issued for a strong storm that is expected to impact Fairfield County over the next hour.
This storm will be near:
Bedford around 640 PM EDT.
Ridgefield around 650 PM EDT.
Stamford around 655 PM EDT.
New Canaan around 700 PM EDT.
Greenwich and Darien around 710 PM EDT.
Norwalk around 720 PM EDT.
"Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways," the weather service said. "Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle."
The nasty weather wasn't just confined to southern Connecticut. Hartford got pounded with several inches of rain, which led to motorists being stranded and a road caved in, police said.
Original story: CONNECTICUT — It appears there is another chance for thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts this afternoon in Connecticut. But there is plenty of good news in the weather forecast too.
The 4th of July holiday weekend, Saturday and Sunday, look wonderful with sunshine and temps in the 80s. We just have to get through the expected stormy weather this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for southern Connecticut today saying: "A backdoor cold front moving across the area this afternoon into early this evening will result in numerous showers and thunderstorms across the area. There is the potential for localized flash flooding across the entire area with the greatest threat north and west of the NYC metro.
"Additionally, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the Lower Hudson Valley, Northeast New Jersey, southwest Connecticut, and far western Long Island under a marginal risk for severe weather. The main threat is damaging wind gusts."
For northern areas of the state, storms are expected here, especially after 3 p.m. and there may be periods of heavy rain during the thunderstorms. Connecticut could see another half inch of much-needed rain this afternoon.
Specifics on today's stormy weather from Connecticut's weather experts:
WTNH News 8 Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons said "Plan on some rough weather at times this afternoon with highs around 80 & humid!"
"The showers & storms this afternoon will cause areas of flash flooding. So much moisture in the atmosphere!" Simmons added.
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Here are the forecast details for southern Connecticut:
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Northeast wind around 7 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light southeast wind.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Here are the forecast details for northern Connecticut:
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind around 6 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.