HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Tropical Storm Henri made landfall during the early afternoon hours of Sunday.
Channel 3’s meteorologists said the storm already reached its plateau in terms of wind.
“At this point, wind gusts should not exceed 50 mph,” said meteorologist Mark Dixon. “Occasionally 40 mph could be seen throughout the state through 4 p.m. The core of heaviest rain will continue through Tolland and Hartford counties.”
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The 5 p.m. updated track from the National Hurricane Center has Henri centered within 20 miles of Hartford.
“Henri continues to weaken, and now has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph,” Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.
The tropical storm warning for Connecticut has since expired.
A storm surge warning is in effect for the coastline and a flood watch is in place statewide.
Winds could still gust to over 30 mph going into Sunday evening, but DePrest said the risk for additional power outages is greatly reduced.
“While there will still be some rain, the tropical downpours have moved out of the state for now,” DePrest said.
The entire state can expect a baseline of 1 inch of rain through Sunday night. Areas near the core of the system in Litchfield, Hartford, and Tolland Counties will be areas expected to get closer to 2 inches of rain. Those areas will also get a reprieve in the rain as the eye of the storm crosses.
Landfall happened around 12:15 p.m. near Westerly, RI.
Schools, businesses and other organizations announced closures. See the full list here.
As of 5 p.m., Eversource reported 27,713 outages. United Illuminating reported 3.
“Since the circulation associated with Henri will move slowly, there will be additional showers and a few thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow,” DePrest said.
The high tide cycles are at roughly noon and midnight. Both times are expected feature a significant coastal wind.
“Finally, during [Sunday’s] high tide cycles, midday and Sunday night, a 3 to 5 foot storm surge is possible along the Connecticut shoreline,” Meteorologist Mark Dixon said.
Though considerably downgraded by Monday, many forecast models show it making a loop over the lower Hudson Valley before scooting back across southern New England.
“Provided this, there will be some ongoing flash floods and coastal flooding concerns,” Dixon said. “Parts of the state could see another soaking of rain, on top of what falls [Sunday]. So additional flash flooding could occur.”
Widespread light rain and isolated thunderstorms are also possible on Monday.
Temperatures should be in the upper 70s.
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