The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The forecast also calls for heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.
The hazards of strong and damaging winds are possible.
Winds are forecast from the south with winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts 45 to 55 mph possible. The strongest winds will be over elevated terrain and near the coastlines.
Residents are warned to be on the lookout for downed tree limbs and possibly downed trees. This may result in scattered power outages and downed power lines. To prepare, take precautions now to secure any loose items outdoors such as lawn furniture.
Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service as of 9 a.m.:
- Today A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southeast wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
- Tonight Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 65. Windy, with a south wind 22 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
- Wednesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of showers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
- Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 49. North wind 9 to 11 mph.