Strong Winds & Heavy Rain May Lead to Power Issues

Posted October 31, 2017

High wind and flash flood watches are in effect until 6 a.m., Monday in Hartford, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Once the strong moves out, the power outage threat will continue into the day on Monday.

"Widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected, but locally higher amounts, perhaps 6 inches or more, are possible", the NWS said. As this low strengthens, some strong to damaging wind gusts are expected, first from the southeast ahead of the low, then from the northwest behind the low.

"We could see wind gusts upwards of 40 to even 50 miles per hour", said Ingram. Another flash flood watch has been issued for parts of central NY and northeast Pennsylvania from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

Heavy Rain, High Winds On The Way To Our Area
The weather service also expects some damage to trees and power lines, thus anticipating power outages scattered across the area. Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of eastern NY from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, including the Capital Region.

High wind gusts coupled with a wet soil may result in uprooted trees which in return would cause power issues throughout the state. The locations now under the Flash Flood Watch stand the best chance to see flooding.

The northern portion of Cayuga County is under the same flash flood watch as southern Cayuga. Luckily the heaviest rain appears to stay to the west of CT impacting areas of Central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.

Thousands more have reported losing power since 6 a.m. Monday, bringing the total number of power outages across the state to almost 320,000 households, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. You can also track the rain using Interactive Radar.