The National Weather Service has issued a special statement regarding the strong to severe thunderstorms that are moving through Connecticut and Central MA. The gist of it is what we have been anticipating for the past couple of days. Wind gusts to 55 mph are possible, and the rain may lead to some poor drainage flooding.
Here is the full text from the NWS:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 1034 PM EDT TUE SEP 18 2012 CTZ004-MAZ004>007-012>022-026-NHZ012-RIZ001>008-190400- BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-WINDHAM CT- 1034 PM EDT TUE SEP 18 2012 AT 1030 PM EDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIND GUSTS TO 55 MPH ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM FITCHBURG MASSACHUSETTS TO MANCHESTER CONNECTICUT...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH. * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE... BOSTON...PROVIDENCE...LOWELL...TAUNTON...NEWPORT. FOR YOUR SAFETY...GET INSIDE WHEN THESE STORMS APPROACH. WINDS MAY BE STRONG ENOUGH TO BRING DOWN SMALL BRANCHES. MINOR STREET FLOODING AND PONDING OF WATER IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IS ALSO POSSIBLE. HEAVY DOWNPOURS MAY CAUSE MINOR STREET FLOODING AND PONDING OF WATER IN LOW LYING AREAS SUCH AS UNDERPASSES. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADS. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM EDT WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR NORTHERN CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND RHODE ISLAND.