Flash Flood Watch elevated to Warning; Motorists told not to drive where water covers roads

The Flash Flood Watch for Fairfield County has been elevated to a Flash Flood Warning, through 11 p.m. on Monday night, with some heavy thunderstorms moving through the region.

“Additional rainfall amounts of up to an inch are possible in the warned area,” stated a National Weather Service (NWS) advisory. “Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear.”

Flooding could occur in urbanized areas, low-lying areas, roadways, rivers and streams, and places with poor drainage.

Doppler radar shows a line of storms should continue to impact the area during the coming hours, but as of 10 p.m., the heaviest rain appears to be closer to the shoreline.

Most rain expected Tuesday night

Meanwhile, the NWS’ Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect for southern Connecticut — including Shelton — through 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

More rain is expected until then, with the heaviest rain being predicted for Tuesday night. The NWS has said up to 3 inches of rain could fall in Shelton over a 36-hour period.

There also could be strong winds and periods of fog at night, according to the NWS.

It is expected to clear up on Wednesday afternoon.