New Canaan's Sunday stormcast: Irene's rain, wind, tides peak midday
Published 6:25 am, Sunday, August 28, 2011
Warning. Warning. Watch.
Those are keys to the Sunday forecast for southwestern Connecticut at 6 a.m. as Hurricane Irene storms toward the region's coast.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning, Flood Warning and Tornado Watch in its overall Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region today.
The storm made landfall at southern and central New Jersey by early-morning hours, and remains a Category 1 storm with torrential rains and sustained winds of 75 mph.
Irene's eye is expected to slam the southwestern Connecticut coast by about 11 a.m. this morning -- the same time as high tide, the NWS is predicting.
Tropical storm conditions prevail early this morning with bands of heavy rain, and a north wind 45 to 55 mph, increasing to between 45 and 65 mph. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph, the NWS says.
The conditions could trigger isolated thunderstorms, as well as tornados, the weather service warns.
Tropical storm conditions should continue into this evening, but Irene is expected to move out of the area by later tonight after 8 p.m. Then, things will gradually become clear, with a low around 60 degrees. The nighttime west wind 26 to 31 mph will decrease to between 14 and 19 mph, although gusts could be as high as 47 mph.
The outlook for tomorrow through Friday, the NWS says, is much brighter with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-70s.