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Rainy Forecast for Independence Day

July 4, 2014 Weather No Comments

1del1It appears Independence Day will be a washout, according to the National Weather Service, which upgraded Tropical Storm Arthur to a hurricane Thursday as it made its way up the east coast.

The storm made landfall at 11:15 p.m. Thursday between Cape Lookout & Beaufort, North Carolina as a category 2 storm with winds as high as 100 mph, according to Meteorologist Matt Scott.

 

There are no hurricane warnings in effect for Connecticut, but the state will see rain throughout the day, according to the NWS. Today’s forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 7 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 77 and the chance of precipitation is 100 percent with new rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

For Friday night, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

The good news is the rest of the weekend looks nice, with highs in the 80s through Monday.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Arthur for any potential impacts on the state.

“Although the latest forecast does not have Arthur severely impacting the state, we need to continue to monitor the storm’s path,” Malloy said. “This storm is a great reminder that we need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us as we move into the height of hurricane season.”

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center is that Arthur will turn to the northeast on Friday, accelerate, and move southeast of Cape Cod by early Saturday morning.

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