Rain drenched Connecticut for most of the day Friday as Tropical Storm Andrea swirled hundreds of miles away over North Carolina.
Minor flooding was being reported on some roadways and highways. One lane of I-95 north in Milford was closed Friday afternoon due to flooding, according to the Department of Transportation.
Roads like West Pond Extension in North Branford were underwater. Many cars that tried to drive through got stuck.
The heaviest rain from Andrea was expected Friday night and the National Weather Service has issued flood watches through Saturday afternoon.
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As Andrea, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, moves north from South Carolina to the Maryland beaches, rain will really intensify across southern New England. The storm was expected to lose its tropical characteristics by Friday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Rainfall totals will range from 1 inch to as much as 4-and-a-half inches by the time the rain tapers off early Saturday morning.
This will create urban street flooding in flood-prone areas and maybe some flooding near smaller rivers and streams.
The weekend weather will not be as unsettled as previously thought.
Rains should end around dawn on Saturday. Partly sunny skies will develop and it will be humid.
A scattered thunderstorm will form in the afternoon and evening.
“Hurricane season is indeed upon us, and our storm luck being what it is, residents should start to make preparations for inclement weather,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “The current forecast is calling for heavy rain, minor flooding, and high winds, so I want people to take common-sense precautions to secure their property and be aware of deteriorating conditions as this storm approaches.”
Sunday looks like a better day with partly sunny skies and a lower chance of a pop-up shower.
Highs in the 70s are expected both days.
The weather pattern remains pretty unsettled for next week as well.