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As Joaquin Strengthens, Effects In New Canaan Could Start Friday

Hurricane Joaquin has been upgraded to a Category 4, with wind speeds of up to 140 mph, making it the strongest hurricane of the season.
Hurricane Joaquin has been upgraded to a Category 4, with wind speeds of up to 140 mph, making it the strongest hurricane of the season. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Hurricane Joaquin has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm, and seems to be veering east, bringing much uncertainty to its impact along the East Coast, according to The Weather Channel.

Friday will be rainy, especially after 1 p.m. in Fairfield County with a high near 54 degrees and northeast winds of 13 to 15 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible.

Rain will continue into Friday evening and Saturday.

Fairfield County is also currently looking at:

  • A Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and
  • A Coastal Flood Watch in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.
It is for all areas bordering western Long Island Sound, which could see tidal flooding of 1 to 2 feet above astronomical tides Friday and 2 to 3 feet above astronomical tides Saturday.

The flooding is possible along the shoreline of Fairfield County due to onshore winds and tides.

As for Joaquin, meteorologists are stressing that even if the hurricane goes out to sea, they can't rule out any direct impacts to the East Coast, and all residents should still be prepared for high winds, heavy rains and flooding.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is urging Connecticut residents to closely monitor the storm .

“Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same,” Malloy said. “Weather models are predicting that Hurricane Joaquin may move onshore in the area of the Northeast coast this weekend. Although its potential impact on Connecticut is still developing as forecasts adjust, we need to be prepared because these types of storms can oftentimes be unpredictable."

He urged residents to begin assembling an emergency kit with water, food and flashlight. See this Daily Voice story for more information .

Flood warnings are currently in effect from the Carolinas to Connecticut through Saturday, due to a surge of moisture that's leading the storm, reported the Washington Post.

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