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A nor’easter headed to Connecticut is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain and thousands of power outages

  • Oct 25, 2021
Hartford Courant

A slow moving nor’easter will bring high winds and rain to Connecticut through early Wednesday, with the possibility of flooding and power outages for thousands of people.

As many as 125,000 customers could lose power, Eversource estimates, with the strongest winds expected later in the day on Tuesday.

“You have predicted high winds — hazard winds — you have predicted heavy rains and you still have lots of trees with lots of leaves still on them, so there are the potential there for problems,” Mitch Gross, a spokesman for Eversource Energy, Connecticut’s largest electricity provider, said Monday.

Gross said the utility is prepared to respond to power outages, and Eversource is urging customers to make ready storm-kits, just in case. Wind gusts could reach 50 miles per hour during the storm.

“We now wait and see what nature delivers, and we are ready to adjust our response as needed,” Gross said.

The stubborn storm is expected to enter the state starting Monday night.

A flood watch will be in effect statewide Tuesday — through Wednesday in Hartford County, the National Weather Service says. A wind advisory will be in effect in New London County Tuesday night.

When is the storm coming?

A windy and rainy storm will arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday. The storm is expected to last through Wednesday morning.

Where is it coming from?

An area of low pressure moving across Pennsylvania will cause steady rain to fall across the state, says Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University’s Connecticut Weather Center.

“In addition, we’ll have a rather strong and gusty, northeast wind. And this will continue into Wednesday morning,” Lessor says.

How strong will the wind blow?

Expect steady winds of 15-25 mph Tuesday night, Lessor says. Winds will gust up to 35 or 40 mph in much of the state, but from 45-50 mph at the shore.

Will the power go out?

It depends. Power outages are most likely to occur where trees still have leaves on them — which is most of the state — and where the wind blows the hardest, which is at the coast.

“It certainly is a concern, and we’re close to that threshold for power outages,” Lessor says.

How much rain will fall?

Lessor says 1.5-3 inches may fall, although some places could get more than 4 inches.

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