<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:53 -0400 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:53 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/ctwx-icon-rain.jpg

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST

Tonight: Rainy, windy and chilly. Low temperature in the 40s. N wind 15-30 mph.

Thursday: Periods of rain, especially in the morning. Cool. High temperature 55-60. N wind 10-20 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Seasonable. High temperature near 60.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, a late day shower. High temperature 60-65.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, windy. High temperature near 60.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High temperature 60-65.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and mild. High temperature in the middle 60s.

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<![CDATA[Download the NBC Connecticut Weather App]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NBCCTWEATHERAPP043013.jpg

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<![CDATA[Powerful Storm Causes Damage Over the Border in Massachusetts]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:11:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/tornado16.jpg

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux says a tornado might have hit the Massachusetts town on Wednesday morning.

"We believe at this point, a tornado hit Hendrick and Mt Road," Cadieux said on her Facebook page. 

"Still checking the damage on Mt. Road and Hendrick St with the Police and Fire Chiefs," she added minutes later. "At this point we believe it's a tornado."

Cadieux later provided an update, saying it is still to be determined whether it was a tornado or a microburst.

NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said the radar at the time indicated the potential for a powerful microburst.

"Based on the pictures  I've seen, and the radar images from this morning, the storm was likely a powerful microburst. Though, there is a small chance it could have been a tornado," Hanrahan said.

Based on the inital reports and pictures, Hanrahan said winds could have exceeded 100 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of an EF1 tornado.

Easthampton Police said the tornado or microburst occurred around 4:54 a.m. No one was injured. Two people were trapped in a car, but they were able to be rescued. Most of the damage is on Route 141 and Hendrick Street.

Cadieux posted several photos of the storm damage to her Facebook page, showing downed tree limbs.

Police said trees and power lines are down, and one tree reportedly fell on a house. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is on scene, and police said it will likely take days to clean up. 

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<![CDATA[Storms Knock Out Power, Cause Road Closures]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:45:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Route+6+southbury+1200.jpg

Storms have knocked down trees across the state and caused almost 4,700 power outages in some towns.

A bus driver in Sherman was injured when a branch fell on a bus on Route 37.

In Andover, Route 87 is closed between Route 6 and Sheridan because wires are down.

In Bethany, Highway 69 is closed in both directions at Cheshire Road after a crash that brought down a pole.

Metro-North service is delayed on the Danbury Branch because a train has mechanical issues in the vicinity of Wilton.

In East Hartford, traffic is slow near exit 56 on Interstate 84 West because of a multi-vehicle crash.

In Greenwich, Pemberwick Road is closed from Buena Vista Drive to Glenville Road. Trees and wires are down and Connecticut Light & Power has responded.

Harmony Hill Road in Harwinton is closed at Route 4 due to downed trees and wires.

In Morris, Route 109 was closed, but has since opened.

Route 6 in Southbury is closed west of Route 61 due to fallen trees.

In Stamford, a crash before exit 35 on the Merritt Parkway south has traffic at a stop and go.

Liberty Street is also closed at Eden Avenue in Southington due to fallen trees and wires near 165 Liberty St.

Hard Scrabble Road and Melius roads in Warren are also closed after a tree fell in the area.

Connecticut Light & Power is reporting almost 4,700 outages, including more than 1,500 in Kent and 850 in New Milford.

Route 109 in Morris was closed by Hinman Lane, but has reopened.



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<![CDATA[Strong Storms Possible Overnight]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:00:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/exactradar_wednesday+morning.jpg

Strong storms are possible after 2 a.m. on Wednesday that could bring heavy rain and gusty winds capable of causing power outages and isolated property damage.
 
There is also the chance that the strongest storms could produce a tornado or two in southern New England.

Skies will clear later in the morning and the rest of Wednesday and Thursday look fair.
 
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<![CDATA[Extreme Weather Photos: Minnesota Snow]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BzDGTCdCEAALvZ8.jpg Take a look at some of the most extreme weather systems throughout the world.]]> <![CDATA[Storms Dump Heavy Rain Across the State]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhaven+flooding.jpg

Storms dumped heavy rains on the state tonight, causing minor flooding in some communities.

West Hartford police said they had several incidents of tree branches down on roadways, but they were quickly cleared.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Hartford and Tolland counties until 7:15p.m. tonight.  A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 5:45 p.m. for Fairfield County.

Storms are in the forecast throughout late afternoon and evening on Sunday.

There is a potential for severe storms, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Monica Cryan. Rain is expected to last until Monday and the storms could bring gusty winds and flooding, she said.

Check our interactive radar to track the possible storms and download our weather app for the latest updates.

Tune in throughout the evening for the latest forecast.


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<![CDATA[Thunderstorm Warning Expires for Litchfield County]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:25:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/severe+thunderstorm+aug+27.png

A severe thunderstorm warning issued Wednesday for central Litchfield County expired at 7:45 p.m.

Storms moved into the northwest corner of the state from central Massachusetts, bringing heavy rain, lots of lightning and the potential for damaging winds.

The storm is heading eastbound and should leave the state within the next couple of hours.

We'll see clear skies again tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Washes Out Parts of State]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:31:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Branford+Dunkin+Donuts+Rain.jpg

Skies have begun to clear, but rain fell hard and fast across much of the state earlier today, dumping more than 5 inches over Norwalk and surrounding towns, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Flash flood warnings were issued for northwestern Tolland County and northern Hartford County until 5:30 p.m. and a flash flood watch remains in effect for Windham County until 8 p.m.

Rain fell at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour in southeastern Connecticut this morning, then moved north toward the Massachusetts border. Field said most of the precipitation is over for us, but we could see a few more localized rain or thunder showers coming in from the west. 

Heavy rainfall flooded streets along the shoreline, washing out First Avenue in West Haven, Beach Avenue in Milford and the Madison Golf Club, among others. Some areas of the state saw more than a month's worth of rain in just a few short hours.

Towns that haven't seen flooding at this point are no longer at risk, Field said.

Long Island was hit the hardest, receiving a record 13.88 inches of rain that had many neighborhoods underwater, according to Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Local fire officials said the drainage system is designed to handle 5 inches of rain over 24 hours and was completely overloaded. Some residents said their homes flooded for the first time today.

The weather caused travel problems in parts of the state. John Harrington, a Cromwell resident who followed Interstate 91 into Enfield at the height of the storm, said he saw a number of cars hydroplane on the highway. Visibility and road conditions were poor.

Bradley International Airport also reported flight delays Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reminds motorists to avoid roads covered with water because they may be deeper than expected.

If you see severe weather and can safely take photos, send them to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Flash Flood, Coastal Flooding Watches Issued ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CTRadar+Wednesday+1130812.jpg

A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire state for Tuesday night and Wednesday  as the threat presents for a chance of evening showers, with periods of heavier rain late tonight and on Wednesday.

Occasional thunderstorms are possible as well and there is a low threat for severe storms.
Coastal flood advisories have also been issued for Long Island Sound, west of New Haven on for tonight.

Check the interactive radar to see how the rain will affect your commute.

Flooding will be mainly isolated and minor, but pockets of more significant flooding are possible around any storms

The weather will improve by Wednesday evening.


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<![CDATA[Your Supermoon Photos]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:00:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/supermoon+Greg+Cartier.jpg Viewer supermoon photos from the weekend of August 9, 2014.

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<![CDATA[RAW VIDEO: Hurricane Iselle Drenches Hawaii, Pounds Hilo]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:55:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007804517_1200x675_316590147709.jpg The rain and wind started to drench parts of the Big Island on Friday. The tropical storm took down trees and caused store signs to blow with the torrential gusts.]]> <![CDATA[Storms Drop Hail in Parts of Northern Connecticut]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:48:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stafford+back+yard+hail_1200.jpg

Thunderstorms dropped large hail in parts of Tolland and Windham counties as they moved southeast from Massachusetts early Thursday evening.

Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for northeastern Tolland and northwestern Windham counties expired at 5:15 p.m.

The storm was concentrated around Stafford, Union and Woodstock and moved down into Connecticut near Interstate 84.

Damaging hail was the primary concern, and the storm did indeed leave hail in its wake. The storms are expected to move out by sunset, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

When you see severe weather, send your storm photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Down Trees, Wires in Fairfield County]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:34:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/8+6+CTRADARWARNINGS.jpg

Thunderstorms brought down trees and wires as they moved through parts of Fairfield County this evening, leaving thousands without power in Ridgefield and Norwalk.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 5:45 p.m. as a storm cell moved southeast across the New York border.

According to Norwalk police and The Ridgefield Press, fallen trees and downed wires led to significant power outages in the area.

At one point, Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 1,500 outages in Ridgefield and 1,400 in Norwalk.

Metro-North's Danbury Branch replaced one train with a shuttle bus Wednesday evening while crews worked to clear fallen trees from the tracks in Wilton, according to an email alert from the railroad.

The storms have now passed and we should see clear skies tonight, with temperatures in the upper 50s.

Send your severe weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Falling in Parts of State]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:08:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CTRADAR+august+1+315.jpg

Heavy rain is falling in parts of the state at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour.

The National Weather Service expired a flash flood warning issued for Tolland County shortly before 5:30 p.m. Flood advisories issued for areas of the state have also expired.

The rain will continue this weekend, with periods of rain on Saturday and leftover showers on Sunday. 

Check the interactive radar to track storms

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<![CDATA[Damage from Sunday Storms]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:46:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crescent+beach+drive+in+enfield.jpg Images from a tornado that touched down in Wolcott and storms that moved into northern Connecticut on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storm Caused Damage in Enfield ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:50:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crescent+beach+drive+in+enfield.jpg

A series of severe storms moved through parts of the state on Sunday evening, just hours after a confirmed tornado touched down in Wolcott and caused significant damage in Enfield.

The storms came down from Massachusetts and moved into Enfield, Suffield and then headed southeast around 7 p.m.

In Enfield, a microburst caused damage on Taylor Road, according to police, and brought down branches and wires. 

A tree also came down onto a home on Crescent Beach Drive and the house has been deemed uninhabitable.

Lightning struck a home on Prospect Avenue, causing a fire.

The storms brought heavy wind and hail to the eastern part of the state. Hail was reported in Ellington and Vernon.

Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 9,300 customers without power during the height of the storms.

Connecticut could see another round of severe weather on Monday. 

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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Rain, Lightning to Parts of State]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:55:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4ef64b91987749f3a2b3945b072d388c.jpg

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday night as storms moved in from the west, bringing rain, gusty winds and lots of lightning.

Although all severe weather alerts have since been canceled and storms are decaying, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Lightning strikes were frequent and winds reached up to 40 mph in parts of western and central Connecticut.

Hail was reported in Litchfield County, and Connecticut Light & Power was reporting nearly 650 outages in Newtown, about 360 in Canaan and 230 in Southbury as of about 10:30 p.m.

To get the latest forecast, download the NBC Connecticut weather app.

Hot and humid weather prompted Bloomfield to open cooling centers on Wednesday.

If you see severe weather, send your photos to us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Flooding to Western, Central Connecticut]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:03:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nh+flooding+damage.JPG

Heavy rain from thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of western and central Connecticut, and flash flood warnings issued for Middlesex and New Haven counties were extended until 12:30 a.m.

Flash flood watches are also in effect for parts of the state as heavy rain moves in from the west. Shortly after 10 p.m., the National Weather Service canceled a flash flood warning for Fairfield County.

More than 2 inches of rain has already fallen in southern Fairfield County and more is on the way, according to Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Widespread flooding has also been reported in Westport, particularly around Bridge Street and Compo Road, Imperial Avenue and Main and Canal streets, where flooding is common, according to police.

Stamford police said Elm Street and South State Street are flooded in the city. Firefighters said at least one car has been stranded in high waters near the Interstate 95 overpass on Elm Street. They're cautioning drivers to avoid East Main Street, which is also prone to flooding.

The New Haven Fire Department tweeted that a car is stuck in flood waters at River and Poplar streets, and that the department has received multiple calls for flooded buildings and streets.

I-95 is flooded near exit 45 in New Haven, and flood waters damaged Union Avenue right outside the train station.

The Fairfield Police Department also took to Twitter to report downed wires on Round Hill Road, which is closed between Papermill and Barlow roads after storms swept through.

Severe thunderstorm watches for southwestern Connecticut expired at 8 p.m. but strong storms are expected to return again tomorow, and a First Alert Weather Day has been declared for Tuesday.

Periods of very heavy rain are possible tonight, and thunderstorms will likely bring vivid and dangerous lightning, torrential rain and damaging winds to the state Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

Parts of the state could receive up to 5 inches of rain by Wednesday.

Flash flood watches are in effect for Hartford, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Litchfield and Fairfield counties until late Tuesday night.

Watches issued for Tolland and Windham counties will last through Wednesday afternoon.

We'll see some relief from the storms when drier arrives by Wednesday night.
If there is severe weather where you are, send photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Moving Out]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/storms+move+out+weds.png

The last of Wednesday night's thunderstorms is moving out and once again leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake, and lightning even sparked a shed fire in Shelton.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches issued for the western and central parts of the state expired by 10 p.m. as storms weakened and moved to the north.

But the storms made their mark. Trees and limbs are down around in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties.

Ridgefield Road in Wilton and West Prospect Street in New Haven are blocked off while crews work to clear fallen trees. A tree also blocked off Toddy Road in Sandy Hook earlier tonight.

More than 1,100 homes are without power in Cornwall, according to the Connecticut Light & Power outage map.

A shed on High Ridge Road in Shelton caught fire after being struck by lightning, and a neighbor was reportedly shocked while holding onto a metal garage railing.

It's the third night in a series of severe storms that brought down trees and power lines in western Connecticut earlier this week.

When you see severe weather, send photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches Issued]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:36:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/783CTRADARWARNINGS.jpg

Severe thunderstorm warnings were  issued for northern Fairfield County until 11:15 p.m. and Litchfield County until 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Tolland and Litchfield counties until midnight.

A strong line of storms moved west toward Connecticut, accompanied by high temperatures and thick humidity.

The storms were capable of producing damaging winds of up to 60 mph, but were expected to weaken as they moved into the state, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Storms arrived at the western border just before 10:30 p.m. and were expected to reach the Hartford area by about 11 p.m. Skies will begin to clear toward daybreak, Field said.

We could see a pop-up shower tomorrow afternoon, then the humidity will drop and the rest of the week will be beautiful.

If you see severe weather, send photos to

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Hurricane Arthur Hits East Coast]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 01:46:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/AP765512733785.jpg Hurricane Arthur is expected to put a severe damper on the much anticipated July 4th weekend celebrations up and down the east coast. See photos of the preparation and aftermath.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Weather Day]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:53:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FIRST+ALERT+WEATHER+DAY+GENERICFB1200.jpg

When severe weather threatens your town, we'll trigger a First Alert Weather Day to give you advanced warning and be prepared.

Tune in on air, online, through our weather app, on Facebook and Twitter for the most accurate and up-to-date conditions to help you stay safe.

We will trigger a first alert weather day when severe weather is likely to hit our state.

We will also issue them when your safety is in question and in situations when weather is expected to reach extreme levels in terms of heat, rain, wind, cold, snow, etc.

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<![CDATA[House Struck by Lightning in Warren]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:56:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-Fire-Engine-Generic.jpg

Emergency officials are responding to a home on Angevine Road in Warren after it was reportedly struck by lightning as intense storms moved through the state Wednesday afternoon.

It's not clear if anyone was inside the house when it happened.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Litchfield County until 5 p.m. Wednesday and the area remains under a flash flood warning until 9 p.m.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Your July Storm Photos]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/9eac1d499aab440d844184e4ca5a7369.jpg Severe weather is moving through Connecticut today and viewers have been sending in photos. You can send your to pics to us.]]> <![CDATA[Thunderstorms Move Through State]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:56:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lightning+david+scales+southington.jpg

Severe thunderstorms moving through Connecticut brought down trees and wires in several Litchfield County towns and caused a lightning strike at a home in Warren, according to emergency officials.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Fairfield counties Wednesdayevening but have since expired.

Litchfield remained under a flash flood warning until 9:45 p.m., and severe thunderstorm watches were in effect statewide until 9 p.m. Flood advisories were also in effect around the state.

Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, thunderstorms pummeled parts of the state with heavy rain, vivid lightning and strong, gusty winds of up to 60 mph.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported across Litchfield County and New York, some of which struck trees and even houses, like in Warren.

Police said a tree came down on Route 189 in Granby while the storm was moving through, falling onto overhead wires and causing more than 700 power outages in the neighborhood. The road was closed for about an hour while crews responded to the scene.

Emergency officials have also reported trees and wires down in Enfield, Winsted, Sharon, Torrington and Barkhamsted due to strong winds and stormy conditions.

Water in the roadway caused a hole to form in the pavement on Main Street in Torrington, which firefighters say has happened before. According to fire officials, rushing water from heavy rain may have popped off a manhole cover.

Residents were advised to stay indoors and away from windows at the height of the storm.

We're also tracking Tropical Storm Arthur, which is moving up the East Coast and could contribute to heavy rain here in Connecticut on Thursday and the Fourth of July.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Arthur was just below hurricane strength. It's expected to become a category 1 hurricane sometime Wednesday night.

Today's severe weather and the threat of more rain have prompted several towns to postpone fireworks displays.

Fortunately, rain is expected to move out as the day progresses on Friday, leaving the second part of the holiday weekend dominated by nice weather.

Send your severe weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[First Alert Weather Days]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:38:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first_alert_weather_day.jpg When severe weather threatens your town, we'll trigger a First Alert Weather Day. Here;s more on what it is.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storms Move Out, Arthur Intensifies]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:26:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/storm_arthur_Thurs11p.jpg

Heavy rains and thunderstorms hit the state on Thursday and are contributing to a rainy 4th of July holiday.

 Severe thundestorm warnings were in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, Windham and Hartford counties early in the evening on Thursday, and Hurricane Arthur intensified to a category 2 hurricane as it heads toward the North Carolina coast.

A flood watch is in effect Friday until 11 p.m. for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, flash flood warnings were issued Thursday for Litchfield, Fairfield and Hartford counties, the National Weather Service reported.

The storm moved in from New York bringing heavy rain, intense lightning, damaging winds and hail on Thursday.

There was a tremendous Thursday amount of lightning all the way from the Massachusetts border to New York City. The storm is heading east along Route 8 toward Interstate 91.

Nearly 20,000 customers were without power at the height of the storms, according to the Connecticut Light & Power outage map.

Berlin police reported trees and wires down across town, particularly in the Worthington Ridge area, and Southington police said they dealth with numerous accidents on Thursday evening, some of which may be weather related.

Hebron Avenue is closed Friday morning due to a tree down on power lines, according to State Police. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Route 21 reopened Friday after closing overnight, but there are several trees down in the area so police said to be cautious if you choose to drive on that route.

We're still expecting indirect impacts from Hurricane Arthur, but the storm has moved closer to Cape Cod than the National Hurricane Center originally predicted and the area is under a tropical storm warning.

Arthur was upgraded to a category 2 hurricane around 9 p.m. Thursday and could reach maximum wind speeds of up to 100 mph.

As some of the moisture from Hurricane Arthur streams north Thursday and Friday, periods of rain and thunderstorms could cause flooding. It has been very dry lately and rivers are running below normal in many locations, which is expected to mitigate the flood threat.

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring the hurricane and keeping tabs on potential indirect impacts to Connecticut, according to a news release from Gov. Dannel Malloy's office.

The forecast has prompted some towns to postpone fireworks.

The town of Old Saybrook prepared ahead of time by launching StormArthur.com to keep residents up to date on the storm's developments.

More information about the state's response to Arthur can be found online.

Anyone who loses power during the storms should call Connecticut Light & Power at 1-800-286-2000.

The best news is that the rain is expected to move out late Friday, leaving the second part of the holiday weekend dominated by beautiful sunny weather Saturday and Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Storms Rolling Through Overnight]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/june+26+storms.jpg

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to move in overnight, especially to the north and west of Hartford, and could cause moderate flooding and minor wind damage, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

A band of storms moving northeast from Pennyslvania will bring on-and-off thunderstorms with some heavier downpours of rain, vivid lightning and brief gusty winds.

While storms are possible anywhere in the state, most activity will concentrated in the northwest, in Litchfield County. A flash flood watch is in effect for Litchfield County until 6 a.m. Thursday.

On-and-off thunderstorms are likely throughout the night with some heavier downpours of rain, vivid lightning and briefly gusty winds.

While severe weather is not expected, these storms could wake up residents and bring down a few tree limbs. Some minor, urban street flooding is possible as well.

Thursday will feature a few scattered storms and showers in the morning, but nothing severe is expected.

We'll continue to see high humidity overnight and into tomorrow.



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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in New Haven]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:56:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/893bad7419214ecbbd5ed030796f1065.JPG.jpg Heavy rains led to flash flooding in New Haven on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Rain Floods New Haven Streets]]> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:57:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+flooding1200.jpg

A second round of heavy rain moved into Connecticut on Friday night with some thunder and lightning with it.

Earlier in the day, emergency crews had to close streets and respond to stranded cars during flooding in New Haven on Friday afternoon.

Union Avenue looked like a river until the water receded.

The New Haven Fire Department had to tow a car that was in water on the Interstate 95 overpass at Boulevard and Kimberly.

The road is closed at Whitney Avenue and Grove Street in New Haven after a tree came down and crews are working taking care of it.

State police had to close the ramp from Route 34 to Interstate 95 North in New Haven because of flooding on Friday afternoon.

Brewery Street in New Haven was also flooded and crews urged people to use caution in the area of Humphrey and James streets.

The rain also caused flooding at Water Street and Meadow, where one woman had to carry a suitcase under her arm as she waded down the flooded road after getting out of a taxi.

Police said the flooding had no impact on staffing or response time.

There was also no impact on Metro-North or Shoreline East, according to officials from the rail services.

The National Weather Service has issued several flood advisories and a flash flood warning is in effect for New Haven County.

A flood advisory has been issued for Litchfield County until 3:30 p.m.

Check the interactive radar.

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<![CDATA[Rain in Forecast for Thursday, Friday]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:34:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CT+RADAR+June+12.jpg

Be prepared for scattered showers during the day on Thursday, with a slightly better chance of heavier rain or thunder later tonight and Friday morning.

CHECK THE INTERACTIVE RADAR

More showers and thunderstorms are likely later Friday as well as at night.

The skies clear for Father’s Day weekend. The weather will be great for Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorms Move Through Litchfield County]]> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:57:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/May+30+exact+track.jpg

A severe thunderstorm warning issued earlier for Litchfield County expired at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Wind gusts were expected to reach up to 60 miles per hour and hail was a possibility, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Brad Field.

The forecast for the weekend is mostly nice.

It will be partly sunny on Saturday with a high of 67 and a few sprinkles or a shower.

Sunday will be beautiful, with sunny, warm, dry weather and highs near 75.

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<![CDATA[Storm Cleanup Begins]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/roxburytreedownEDIT.jpg The storm Tuesday knocked down trees, poles and power lines. Send your storm photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Tornado Did Not Touch Down in New Milford: NWS]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:21:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/roxbury+storm+damage.jpg

National Weather Service crews determined that a tornado did not touch down in New Milford on Tuesday night but that 100 mile-per-hour straight line winds caused the storm damage, according to the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

A straight line wind is a quick downburst of strong wind from a collapsing thunderstorm, as opposed to tornado winds that move in a circular pattern.

New Milford was one of the hardest hit communities after storms with intense winds moved through on Tuesday evening.

Radar indicates that a possible tornado touched down from just north of downtown New Milford center to just east Bridgewater Green. 

The powerful storm is also to blame for the death of a man in New Milford who was electrocuted in his car.

Connecticut Light & Power is reporting almost 3,500 power outages on Wednesday morning, with most of them in New Milford and surrounding towns.

Region 15 schools in Southbury and Middlebury were closed on Wednesday due to storm damage blocking roads and a power outage at one school, but district schools will be open on Thursday. Some Southbury roads may be impassable still on Thursday, so the district asks that families make other arrangements to bring their kids to school if their road is blocked, according to the district website. Students will not be penalized for an absence if their parents keep them home for safety reasons.

The storm brought several trees down on Main Street South, East and West Flat Hill roads, Peter Road and Route 172, in many cases blocking the roadways. A utility pole fell on Peter Road in town.

Additional police and public works crews have been called in. The town's Emergency Operations Center at the Southbury Resident Trooper's Office has been activated and First Selectman Ed Edelson and Fire Marshal Bary Rickert, the emergency management director, are there coordinating storm response efforts.

The two right lanes were closed on Interstate 95 South because of minor flooding before Exit 45 in New Haven, State Police said.

Nearly 13,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers were without power at the height of the storms Tuesday. That number was down to less than 3,500 as of Wednesday morning.  CL&P has detailed information on its website with outage details.

In addition to New Milford, Bridgewater and Roxbury, State Police said Sherman and New Fairfield were also hit hard.

A tree fell across the westbound side of Interstate 84 near exit 14 in Newtown, limiting traffic to just one lane in the area, state police said.

Most of the severe weather on Tuesday was concentrated in Northern New England and parts of Vermont were under tornado warnings for part of the day.

Much cooler temperatures are expected for Wednesday and some parts of Connecticut will struggle to make it into the 60s.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Storms]]> Sun, 25 May 2014 16:52:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/0b8431a22b0540fb92a8e6a3f2dbee2f.jpg Photos from the storms that moved through Connecticut on Sunday, May 25, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Large Hail Blankets Eastern Part of State]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/db61070f13d242b68467d25b04729354.jpg

A powerful thunderstorm brought hail the size of golf balls to the eastern part of the state Saturday afternoon, and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Windham, New London and Middlesex counties.

Hail the size of nickels, dimes and golf balls littered the ground from Plainfield to Norwich, and Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan urged residents to move their cars indoors if possible to avoid hail damage.

The storm moved south from Massachusetts to Long Island Sound and was accompanied by heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds.

Severe thunderstorm warnings expired at 4:30 p.m.

Expect isolated showers overnight leading into a warm, mostly sunny Memorial Day.

Track storms using the interactive radar.

Send your weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Stormy Start to Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Memorial+Day+weather+2014+copy.jpg

The holiday weekend is starting with storms, but will end with a sunny and warm Memorial Day.

Thunderstorms moved through the state on Friday evening. A severe thunderstorm warning was briefly issued for Faifield County and a flash flood warning was in effect for Tolland County.

Flood advisories were issued for Hartford and Tolland counties.

CHECK THE RADAR.

More showers are expected Saturday afternoon, with the chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. 

Temperatures will be in the 70s on Sunday and there's a chance of isolated showers or thunderstorns.

Monday is the pick of the holiday weekend as skies clear and highs will reach around 80 inland. The shoreline will get highs in the 70s.

Check the forecast at anytime by downloading the NBC Connecticut weather app.
 

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<![CDATA[Storms Move Through]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:44:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/May+22+radar+1+pm.jpg

Storms have been moving through the state today, bringing rain and thunder.

In Fairfield, lightning struck a tree and damaged a house.

The storms are associated with a stalled warm front.

These showers and storms may contain some heavy rain, but flooding is not expected.

CHECK THE RADAR.

The forecast has more of the same for tomorrow.

Check the forecast at anytime by downloading the NBC Connecticut weather app.
 

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<![CDATA[Flash Flood Watches, Warning Issued]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rainy_map1200.jpg

Flash flood watches are in effect through Saturday morning as the state braces for heavy rain tonight, and a flash flood warning has also been issued for Farifield County.

Thunder is also possible tonight.

Once the rain clears out, we are looking at a pleasant weekend, with temperatures in the 70s on Saturday and near 70 on Sunday. 

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 18:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+flooding+prescott+street.jpg Pictures from severe storms that moved across Connecticut on Mother's Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Strong Storms Bring Flooding, Downed Trees]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 19:49:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+flooding+prescott+street.jpg

Severe storms moved their way across Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

Gusty winds downed trees in Middletown earlier today as a powerful thunderstorm roared through. Frequent lightning, hail to dime size, and torrential rain also accompanied the afternoon storms.

In Meriden, the water rose to car doors along Prescott Street.

The Middletown Police Department reported several trees down including a tree that blocked Higby road. In Meriden, flooding was reported in several areas.

Temperatures reached 80 degrees in the Hartford area earlier Saturday for the first time since October 2. That warmth, coupled with moderate levels of humidity, generated enough instability to fire today’s thunderstorms.

The thunderstorms weakened by sunset and though a scattered shower is possible through the overnight hours the weather will dramatically improve. Sunshine and warm temperatures are expected statewide on Mother's Day. 

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<![CDATA[Your Flooding Photos]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:59:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/9f3e93900b094cdf8f28c7167cee9054.jpg Viewers have been sending in flooding photos.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Tornadoes Rip Through the South]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 08:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/edt-AP571566778374_0.jpg A storm system producing more than 50 tornado reports in 24 hours has killed more than 30 people in Alabama and Mississippi. Click through to see photos from the wreckage.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rains Cause Flooding]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 09:16:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Leighton+Mazurek+Plainville+flooding.jpg

Flood warnings are in effect after rain fell through the night and into this morning and many residents are dealing with flooded yards and basements today. 

The rainfall amounts are not official totals, but they give a glimpse of what has fallen since yesterday.

Almost 4 inches of rain fell in North Haven. Shelton and Wallingford are reporting 3.5 inches and just over 3 inches fell in Burlington. 

The worst of the storm is just about over, but now the cleanup begins.

Whatever the amount, many people across Connecticut are just ready for sun.

One of the biggest issues the rain caused was prompting the closure of the ramp from Interstate 91 south to Interstate 95 North, which caused a road closure for awhile on Thursday morning.

Police has closed the ramp because around 10 feet of standing water had flooded the road and several cars were disabled.

Just after 1 a.m., a driver, identified as Adalberto Rodriguez, 31, of Ansonia, hit the back of the cruiser, as well as the passenger side. The officer and Rodriguez were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Flood warnings have been issued for New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties, while floor watches are in effect for Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham and New London counties.

The good news is that temperatures will rise today to near 70 inland and 60 at the shore.

To get the up-to-the minute forecast, download our weather app.



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<![CDATA[Fires and Ice Warnings]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:34:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Windsor+Locks+brush+fire+1200.jpeg

New England weather is known to fluctate in April, but fire danger and freeze warnings are both in effect today.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for fire danger today, and crews in Windsor Locks have been battling a brush fire behind Windsor Locks High School. The fire is not affecting the high school. The Noroton Heights Fire Department is also responding to a brush fire.

The warning is in effect because winds are expected to gust up to 40 miles per hour through this evening as the atmosphere is dry and humidity is low.

The red flag warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for Litchfield County and 8 p.m. for the rest of the state.

Freeze warnings have also been issued for the southern part of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for New Haven, Middlesex, New London and Fairfield, counties from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday 

Fires will be more challenging to control today, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Forest Fire Control division, but much of the leaf litter on the ground remains damp, which would help aid efforts to suppress fire.


 



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<![CDATA[Sleet and Snow Moving In as Temperatures Drop]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:37:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/april+15+snow+sleet.png

Heavy rains turned to snow and sleet as temperatures fell Tuesday night, and we could see slushy accumulations of a couple inches in Litchfield County and the northwest hills.

Up to 2 inches of snow could accumulate in the hills overnight and up to an inch of slush could coat the ground elsewhere in the state.

Snow was falling hard in Danbury, Bridgewater, New Milford and Norfolk by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and had made its way as far east as the Farmington Valley.

Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said sleet was expected to arrive in Hartford and New Haven by midnight.

We could see snow as far south as the shoreline with some slushy accumulation and black ice.

Temperatures will continue to drop overnight. Freeze warnings are in effect for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties through 10 a.m. Wednesday.

We'll see some slick spots in the morning, especially between 5 and 7 a.m. Be careful as you're driving to work and expect anything that looks wet to be icy.

The icy mixture comes after a day of heavy rains and gusty winds.

Representatives from the Department of Transportation said they planned to keep an eye on conditions tonight and send out trucks to treat the roads where needed.

The Connecticut River is just above flood stage and could begin to rise quickly Wednesday evening into Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Spring Forecast]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:43:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Spring+Forecast+2014+nbcct+.gif

After a cold and snowy winter, many here in Connecticut are hoping for an early and mild spring. The atmosphere, however, may have other ideas.

One of the biggest drivers over the global weather pattern in the coming weeks and months will be an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.

El Nino, an area of warmer-than-normal water in the Equatorial Pacific, is showing big signs of coming to life after a several-year absence.

This El Nino may be a powerful one too. Several hundred feet under the ocean surface, near-record temperatures are being observed. This is a sign that this El Nino could be quite strong as the warm anomalies migrate to the surface.

Unusual warmth in the Pacific Ocean changes the global wind pattern, producing pockets of thunderstorms in some areas and not in others. When El Nino is strong, this forcing can effectively overwhelm the global circulation.

As El Nino strengthens, odds will favor a somewhat cooler-than-normal spring and early summer. Rainfall will be near normal.

If this El Nino becomes as powerful as the record 1997 El Nino (which is possible given the current trends), temperatures could average significantly below normal in the May through July period.

Here is a look at temperature and precipitation anomalies from May, June and July 1997.


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<![CDATA[What to Do During a Tornado Warning]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:25:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mansfield_Tornado_2_722x406_36796995701.jpg

What should you do when you are in a tornado warning?

During the spring and summer here in Connecticut, we get a lot of thunderstorms but occasionally the atmosphere is ripe and the storms have the potential to become severe.

The key is whether your family would know where to go and what to do
when the big one potentially hits.

Paul Shipman, of the American Red Cross, says that no matter how you get a severe weather warning -- from television, the radio or your smart phone or tablet -- it’s time to spring into action once you see a tornado warning.

That means going to the safest spot in your home or office. An underground or windowless space is the best possible place to be in a tornado.
             
If you don’t have a basement, the safest place to be is in a small, interior room, a closet bathroom or an interior hallway on the lowest floor of your house.

It’s also important to realize that not all basements are safe, especially walkout basements with sliding glass doors.

Shipman said the glass could come flying at you. He also warned that any lawn furniture will become a projectile.

“You want to be in a strong, reinforced space,” Shipman said.

When coming up with a safety plan for you and your family, putting together a safety kit is a good idea.

That should include a flashlight, bottles of water, a few snacks, work gloves, extra batteries and cash. 

If you are on any kind of prescriptions, have a week's supply for yourself.

How to Prepare: Tips from the Red Cross
 

  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
  • Know your community's warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
  • Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA web site.
  • Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

Watch for Tornado Danger Signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds – a phenomenon caused by hail
  • Wall cloud – an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud – a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

What to Do During a Tornado

  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
  • Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.
  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:

Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.

If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Can Be Fascinating, but Deadly]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:06:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lightning-Generic1.jpg

Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it also can be deadly. 

According to the National Weather Service, there have been 17 lightning-related deaths in the state of Connecticut since 1959.

On Sunday, June 8, 2008, the day started out bright and sunny at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. Then, clouds rolled in with thunderstorms during the afternoon, sending hundreds of people scrambling for cover.

Paul Arnett, of Rocky Hill, was one of those people who huddled inside a bathroom to wait out the storm. 

“Luckily, we didn't get hit, but as the storm blew past, we heard screaming from outside,” Arnett said. 

The screaming he heard was the sound of people reacting to a lightning strike in one of the pavilions. 

Witnesses said about 100 people packed a pavilion outside of the campground area in search of shelter from the storm. Lightning struck the pavilion and traveled down to the ground, injuring several people and killing one of them. 

“We came out, saw everybody panicking, several people lying on the ground,” Arnett said.

More recently, another lightning strike happened in Bridgeport at Seaside Park in 2012. Lightning struck a jetty as four men were fishing. Three people were injured and one person was killed.

Experts said the best advice is to move indoors when lightning approaches. 

One lightning myth is that if the sun is shining and you hear thunder, you cannot be struck by lightning.  The fact is, lightning can strike up to three miles away from the actual thunderstorm.

To learn more about lightning and lightning safety, check out the National Weather Service’s website for lightning facts and safety tips.
 



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