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Feeling Florence's Impact: Flooding, Tornadoes Possible Tuesday

Rain arrives in western Massachusetts and Connecticut around midnight tonight

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    Weather Forecast: Morning Downpours With Possible Thunder

    Monday night: Few showers or a quick downpour after midnight. Upper 60s. Tuesday: Morning downpours & possible thunder. Perhaps a few peeks of mid/late afternoon sun. Soupy & warm. Highs in the mid/upper 70s. Gusty winds on the Cape/Islands. Wednesday: Much cooler & less humid. Lots of clouds and a few sprinkles. Low to mid 60s. Steady northeast wind.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 17, 2018)

    Florence made landfall as a Category One Hurricane in North Carolina at sunrise Friday.

    She then diminished to a slow moving Tropical Storm and drifted west into South Carolina, keeping flooding rain bands spinning over the two states for nearly 72 hours.

    Elizabethtown, North Carolina endured 35.93 inches, a record rainfall for the state, the old record is 24.03 inches from Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

    Rivers continue to rise past record levels even as the remnants of Florence moved away Monday, with sunshine for the first time since last Thursday.

    Now we here in New England have left over rain from Florence remnants passing over southern New England on Tuesday.

    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southern New England all day Tuesday. 

    Rain arrives in western Massachusetts and Connecticut around midnight tonight.

    For the morning commute, we expect torrential downpours in much of southern New England.

    Rainfall rates may exceed 5 inches per hour for brief periods, with total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches and isolated amounts greater than 5 inches.

    Embedded thunderstorms may generate damaging wind gusts in excess of 55 mph, along with a low threat for brief tornadoes.

    There is a sharp cut off to the northern edge of heavy rain, with most of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine getting little to no rain.

    The good news is that rain bands move much quicker here, and we may see rain end in time for some late day sunshine, except along the south coast, where rain likely ends right around sunset.

    Much cooler air moves in Wednesday, with many clouds and a few showers.

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