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Storm’s biggest threats: Coastal flooding, power outages

September 3, 2016 GMT

For days, Tropical Storm Hermine will stay far offshore from Connecticut, but coastal residents should prepare for possible flooding, bigger waves and rougher seas.

Another concern for everyone: strong winds - gusting as high as 55 mph - could cause some power outages across the state.

There will be no direct hit on Connecticut and nothing compared to Sandy or Hurricane Irene. No huge deluges of rain are expected.

Instead, we’ll have days of unsettled weather with breezy conditions, occasional showers and higher than normal tides and waves.

Swimming and boating in Long Island Sound could become dangerous Sunday through Labor Day.

Southerm Connecticut remains under a tropical storm watch. The National Weather Services says winds will be between 25 and 35 mph, with higher gusts possible. Strongest winds will be along the coast.

“Tropical Storm Hermine is forecast to move slowly northeast away from the Mid-Atlantic coast today,” the NWS says. “The storm is expected to drift north, northeast while gradually intensifying tonight through early next week. This will happen before gradually picking up pace as it slowly weakens and tracks southeast of Long Island and Cape Cod during the middle of next week.”

Forecasters caution things could change, depending on the track of Hermine and the strength of the system.

Latest updates on Hermine: National Hurricane Center.

Major concerns

Sustained storm force winds are possible along the coast and farther inland.

Moderate coastal flooding is likely and major coastal flooding possible during times of high tide from Sunday onward.

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Dangerous rip currents can also also be expected this weekend and through early next week.

Rainfall of up to 1.5 inches is possible, with locally higher amounts.

Timing

There is only a slight chance of rain Saturday with breezy conditions and no flooding expected.

On Sunday, we’ll start to see some effects from Hermine. Rain will hold off most of the day, with the chance of showers increasing Sunday night. Wind are forecast to increase Sunday night, between 29 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph along the shoreline.

Rain is likely Monday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The forecast

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 10 to 13 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northeast wind 13 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Tropical storm conditions possible. A 20 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Northeast wind 15 to 20 mph.

Sunday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind 29 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.

Labor Day: Tropical storm conditions possible. Rain likely, mainly between 10am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Tuesday: Tropical storm conditions possible. A 30 percent chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Tuesday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Wednesday: Tropical storm conditions possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.