FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — As Tropical Storm Hermine heads up the East Coast after slamming Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, the National Weather Service upgraded its advisory for coastal Connecticut to a Tropical Storm Warning on Saturday.
Even though Hermine has been downgraded from a hurricane, forecasters are warning that its winds will churn up the ocean surf along the New Jersey shore, Long Island, and coastal Connecticut, creating dangerous rip currents.
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for coastal Connecticut. A Tropical Storm Watch had been issued Friday that same area. Inland Connecticut is not under a watch.
Because the storm is expected to stall out just south of Long Island, it will hang around enough to cause localized flooding, forecasters said.
The region could be feeling Hermine’s affects as early as Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service said Hermine was strengthening as it headed out to sea and northward toward the metropolitan New York City area.
The storm is expected to stall off the coast of Long Island on Sunday night and into Monday before continuing to head up the shoreline.
A total of 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible, with higher amounts possible in some areas.
Moderate to major coastal flooding is possible with heavy rain and strong winds with the tropical storm.
The state of Connecticut continues to monitor the path of the storm.
“Our office is receiving real-time updates on this storm and its path. Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same, especially residents in our shoreline communities,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy.
“Based on Hermine’s current projected path, we do not believe it will have a major impact on the state, but it does have the potential to produce some gusty winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding, especially in low-lying areas along the shoreline.
"Power outages are also a possibility with this storm. This storm needs to be watched closely over the next three to four days.”
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