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Strong Storms Move Through Connecticut

Thunderstorm warnings in Hartford and Litchfield Counties. Threat of damaging winds remains high.

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(Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

11:45 PM UPDATE

Thunderstorms are weakening across the state and though thunder, lightning, and downpours will continue until 1:30 a.m. in some areas the threat for damaging thunderstorms has passed.

The National Weather Service reports significant damage about 15 miles west of Connecticut in the town of Wappingers Falls, New York from the storm that prompted the tornado warning. An emergency manager reports a house partially collapsed and a number of trees were snapped in town. 

9:07 PM UPDATE

The thunderstorms have weakened drastically since the last update. Scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain showers continue to move east. Here's the latest timing of the showers and storms. They're moving into Windham and New London counties.


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8:29 PM UPDATE

We're continuing to track a line of strong to severe thunderstorms move east across Connecticut. We have had reports of quarter sized hail in New Milford. These storms have a history of heavy rain, strong winds, and small hail.

Here's a look at the latest track:


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7:56 PM UPDATE

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings continue for parts of Connecticut. Here's the latest track. These storms have a history of damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. 


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7:45 PM UPDATE

The tornado warning for northern Fairfield and southern Litchfield county has expired. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Continue for Northern Tolland, Hartford, Litchfield, and Fairfield counties. 

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7:41 PM UPDATE

Tornado Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are still in effect. 


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7:36 PM UPDATE

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued for Tolland, Hartford and Litchfield counties.

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Tornado Warning for Southwestern Litchfield County in northern Connecticut and Southeastern Dutchess County in east central New York.

At 7:14 PM, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Hopewell Junction, or 7 miles northwest of Pawling, moving southeast at 25 mph.

HAZARD: Tornado and half dollar size hail.

SOURCE: Radar indicated rotation.

IMPACT: Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

This dangerous storm will be near Wingdale around 7:30 PM, Pawling around 7:35 PM and Gaylordsville around 7:40 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Stormville, Baker Corner, Beekman, South Dover, Hoxie Corner, Candlewood Trails, Clove Valley, Lower Merryall, Poughquag and Billings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest

floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a

mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter

and protect yourself from flying debris.

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7:17 PM UPDATE

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued for Tolland, Hartford and Litchfield counties. 

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6:13 PM UPDATE

Storms are beginning to intensify just to our west through the Hudson River Valley. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Columbia, Dutchess, and Ulster county in New York. 

These storms are tracking east and we're expecting them to arrive on the CT/NY border around 6:50 p.m. 


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5:10 PM UPDATE

The strongest storms continue to track to the north and west of Connecticut. We're still expecting storms to arrive in western Connecticut around 6 or 7 this evening. 

The sun is shining over a good portion of Connecticut. This is allowing for the atmosphere to become even more unstable over the state.


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4:42 PM UPDATE

Storms are still on track to move into Connecticut at or after 6 p.m. A storm currently moving through the Capital region of New York is a great indication of how strong the storms can become and how unstable the atmosphere is. 

This storm moving across I-87 and through Albany is producing 60 mph wind gusts and golf ball sized hail. 


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3:14 PM UPDATE

We're monitoring a cluster of storms moving towards Interstate 81 in eastern Pennsylvania. These storms will likely intensify over the next few hours prior to arriving in Connecticut.

We're still looking at thunderstorms to arrive in western Connecticut around 6 p.m.


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2:16 PM UPDATE

We're continuing to monitor the severe thunderstorm threat. Storms are beginning to develop across portions of Central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. We're forecasting the storms to move into Connecticut between 5 and 6 p.m. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Litchfield and Hartford counties. This is where the severe weather threat is the highest. This doesn't mean that other parts of Connecticut can't or won't experience severe weather it just means the threat isn't as high.


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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for Hartford and Litchfield counties and NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for potentially strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening.


Storms will begin to move into western Connecticut around 6 p.m.

Some of the storm have the potential to become strong to even severe. Strong and severe storms have the capability of producing damaging winds and hail. The storms will also produce a fair amount of lightning.


Make sure to stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert Weather Team for continuing updates on this thunderstorm threat.

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