NWS issues 'Hazardous Weather Forecast' for parts of CT


The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather forecast for parts of Connecticut.
It will begin Monday in northeastern New Jersey and southeastern New York.

The service forecast for Connecticut on Sunday includes a chance of light rain, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Chance of precipitation is 70%, according to the service. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and a half of an inch are possible, with a high around 87.

The Hartford service forecast for Sunday: “Showers and thunderstorms likely, then rain and possibly thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Some storms may be severe and bring heavy rainfall.”

Beryl has intensified into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane as it enters the Caribbean Sea.

WTNH has released a forecast for Sunday, stating that “a few severe storms are expected in the afternoon,” so “be prepared to head indoors to stay safe! Damaging winds will be the main threat, along with downpours, lots of lightning, hail and a low chance of isolated tornadoes across the Tri-State area.”

In addition, NBC Connecticut's Darren Sweeney reported that, “The StormTracker weather team is tracking the chance of rain and potentially severe thunderstorms across Connecticut this afternoon.” “The main threats from today's storms will be torrential rain, strong to possibly damaging wind gusts and the risk for tornadoes is low, but not zero.”

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And WFSB's forecast for Sunday says, “A few thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and again in the evening, possibly very strong… The worst impact will likely be frequent lightning, followed by downpours and strong and damaging winds.”

A widespread storm hit Connecticut last week, knocking out power, downing trees, blocking roads and damaging homes. One person was killed in Willimantic by a falling tree.

The weather service said: on June 26, “A tornado occurred near Breakneck Hill Road in Lincoln, RI and moved east-northeast. Numerous large hardwood trees were downed, some of which fell on homes and other structures in both Lincoln and Cumberland, RI. The tornado's maximum intensity reached nearly 100 mph in some locations.”

Tonight, the National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms are expected before midnight, followed by light rain between midnight and 3 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms are expected Monday afternoon and evening, with some possible severe ones, “with the main threat being damaging wind gusts in excess of 58 mph.”

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“Hail is also likely, and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out,” the weather service said. “Any storms could produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. Localized flash flooding is also possible.”

Currently the service forecast includes Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, New London counties.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches the southeastern Caribbean

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