Severe thunderstorms are heading for CT today with “large” hail, a possible isolated tornado, according to the weather service


Scattered thunderstorms Monday afternoon could bring rain, hail and damaging winds to the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Litchfield and Hartford counties through 8 p.m. Monday.

“Many thunderstorms could become severe and potentially significant, with damaging winds and large hail,” the agency said Monday. “An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.”

Ahead of the storm, Norwalk Public Schools announced it would end all programs and activities at 6 p.m. Monday night.

Eastern parts of Connecticut are expected to experience storms between about 3 and 8 p.m. before the weather eases in the evening, the weather service said.

The storms are expected to weaken as they pass eastward across Long Island and southern Connecticut, pushing against cooler sea air, a weather service bulletin said.

It is unclear when and how quickly the storms will weaken, the agency said.

The winds could damage trees and power lines, leading to “scattered” outages, according to the bulletin. Hail from thunderstorms could damage motor vehicles. The agency said lower Fairfield County could also see “minor brief flooding of the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shore.”

A bulletin for Hartford County and northeast Connecticut said the “greatest risk” is in areas west of the Connecticut River Valley.

“The primary threat will be locally strong to damage gusty winds as well as heavy rain/brief flooding of poorly drained streets,” according to a statement from the Norton, Mass. weather service office. “Activity is expected to weaken as it moves further east.”

Tricia Modifica, spokesperson for Eversource, which is Connecticut’s largest electric utility company, is “closely monitoring the weather forecast and the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.”

“We are making the necessary preparations to respond to any potential power outages and have taken steps to ensure equipment is ready and teams are positioned where needed,” Modifica said.

“We prepare for inclement weather all year round and we also encourage our customers to prepare for any storm and create or restock a storm kit,” she added.

After the storm, clear skies and cooler temperatures are expected on Tuesday with a high in the 70s. The wind will remain with winds of 9 to 15 mph gusting up to 26 mph during the day, according to the NWS.

Wednesday is expected to see sunnier weather with highs of around 70 and gusty winds of 10 to 13 mph, the weather service said. Overnight, temperatures are expected to dip into the lower 50s, with the wind dropping to around 6 mph.

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