Heavy rain, strong winds cause storm damage

Geneva Matthews
October 30, 2017

This will likely transition to a High Wind Warning by Sunday morning. A southeast wind is very rare, but they have happened - during Irene for example when the Commonwealth experienced one of the worst power outages in history.

Most of the state can see 1-3 inches of rain in CT.

"Flash flooding in urban and poor-drainage areas, including streets and in homes and businesses, is possible", according to MEMA. It will be even more hard to judge the depth of water on a road at night than in the daytime.

Sunday's winds could break tree branches and down weaker trees, particularly those in saturated soils after recent rains. We could have wind gusts up to 40-65 miles per hour, with a High Wind Warning in effect for the entire state. Wind this strong can make driving hard, especially for high profile vehicles.

Rain and wind will pick up as we head into tonight as a coastal area of low pressure continues to intensify as it approaches the region. The deepening low and a departing high over the Canadian Maritimes will produce a funneling effect directed right at the ME coastline. Monday night our wind direction will change, becoming west. The Monday morning commute will be a mess.

The weather service also expects some damage to trees and power lines, thus anticipating power outages scattered across the area. Colder air moves in Monday with temps hitting a high in the 50s early, then falling into the 40s by the afternoon. "Even on Halloween, you can look for a high temperature right around 60 degrees", Ingram said.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, increasing clouds late.

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