Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cautioning Connecticut residents that heavy rain and high winds should impact the state on Saturday.
“The current forecast is calling for heavy rain, minor flooding, and high winds, with the major impacts being urban and basement flooding,” Malloy said late Friday.
“If you live in a low-lying, flood prone area, please stay alert to changing weather conditions and if you plan on traveling tomorrow, please use caution and do not attempt to drive through standing water,” he said.
Up to 2.5 inches of rain could fall
Total rainfall is currently expected to range from 1.5 to 2.5 inches across the state, with wind gusts ranging from 40 mph to 50 mph at times, according to a statement from the governor. The heaviest rainfall is expected be late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.
The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to monitor the storm and the current conditions across the state.
Weather Service issues Flood Watch
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Watch for all of Fairfield and New Haven counties, from Saturday morning through late Saturday night.
A low pressure system moving east into the region “will tap into Gulf and Atlantic moisture to produce heavy rainfall Saturday afternoon and Saturday night,” according to the NWS.
The NWS said to expect flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas, and small stream and river flooding also is possible. Conditions are favorable for ice jam flooding as well.
The Flood Watch announcement follows a Freezing Raid Advisory issued on Friday evening for inland Connecticut, remaining in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday.