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Downpours drench CT as flood warnings issued amid heavy rains

FILE: Taylor Street in Vernon was flooded when tropical storm Henri filled a stream that usually passes under the road, August 22, 2021.
Tyler Russell
Connecticut Public
FILE: Taylor Street in Vernon was flooded when tropical storm Henri filled a stream that usually passes under the road, August 22, 2021.

Heavy rain is falling in Connecticut Friday with flooding possible across the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Totals will vary widely, but the drenching conditions are likely to be the most intense in southwestern Connecticut.

A flood warning was issued Friday for Fairfield County, with flood watches in effect for New Haven and Litchfield counties. The Metro-North Railroad announced late Friday morning that service on the New Haven Line was suspended between Manhattan and The Bronx due to storm flooding.

“Flooding is likely in spots today and tonight,” Connecticut Public Meteorologist Garett Argianas said. “If you encounter a flood, turn around and find a different way to go.”

The advice was echoed by federal officials.

“Turn around, don’t drown,” the weather service said in a statement.

In southern Fairfield County, the expected rainfall is 1 to 2 inches an hour, according to the weather service. Some spots could see up to 5 inches of rain Friday.

Flooding of basements, streets, and other low-lying areas is possible.

Rain showers could continue into Saturday. In Hartford County, organizers for the Southington Apple Harvest Festival announced the event will be postponed until Saturday afternoon, due to the storm.

Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-70s.

This story has been updated.

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached at pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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