Northeast Wind Could Cause Coastal Flooding

A northeast wind maximizes fetch over Long Island Sound

A strong northeast wind on Friday could result in minor coastal flooding in southwest Connecticut.

With a strong high pressure center over Canada and Joaquin missing out to sea, a tight pressure gradient will exist over the region.

This means sustained winds of 10-20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour near and along the Connecticut coastline.

A northeast wind maximizes the amount of time the wind is over Long Island Sound, also known as fetch, thereby pushing water to the west.

As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch for southern Fairfield and southern New Haven Counties during the day Friday.

Tides will be one-to-two feet above astronomical levels.

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