Connecticut Coastline Under Tropical Storm Watch As Hurricane Jose Approaches

Sep 19, 2017

Update: The National Weather Service has cancelled the tropical storm watch for Connecticut. 

The Connecticut shoreline is under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Jose moves towards New England. The National Weather Service is forecasting the storm will pass through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday.

NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said the storm will hit southeastern Connecticut the hardest with rain and wind, but impacts will be limited.

“Sometimes when people hear about a tropical storm, they start to worry -- they think back to Irene or Sandy when we had all sorts of problems on the coast,” he said. “In this case, instead of the wind coming out of the east, the wind will be off the land out of the north, so any coastal flooding issues will be really really minor across the [Long Island] Sound.”

Hanrahan said the shoreline could see wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour and that parts of the state could experience scattered power outages.

East Lyme Emergency Manager Richard Morris said this storm won’t be out of the ordinary for towns along Long Island Sound.

“[Lots of] times, even during the summer, we get 30 mile-an-hour winds. So if that’s what it scales back to, we see that a couple of times a year, living along Long Island Sound,” Morris said.

Morris is advising residents in his town to move lawn furniture inside and secure outdoor objects in case the wind picks up.

State officials are urging residents to pay close attention to the forecast in case of any change.

At a press briefing on Monday, Governor Dannel Malloy asked residents to use the CT Prepares app -- which contains emergency information and allows residents to alert family members and friends that they’re safe.

Malloy said it’s been downloaded 17,000 times since its launch last year -- 7,000 since Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas in August.