Connecticut Coastline Under Tropical Storm Watch As Hurricane Jose Approaches

Connecticut Coastline Under Tropical Storm Watch As Hurricane Jose Approaches

Ocean City is under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Coastal Flood Warning Tuesday as a major storm swirls miles away.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning until 1 p.m. Wednesday for Nassau County's South Shore bays and Suffolk's shores, except western areas of Suffolk.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect based on the National Hurricane Center forecast. "Minor to moderate coastal flooding is also expected, with widespread water levels of 1 to 2 feet and locally up to 3 feet above ground level possible", the NWS says.

Hurricane Jose formed around two weeks ago in the Atlantic and continues to be a storm to watch.

Kevin Wisely, the director of the New York State Office of Emergency Management, says the state has deployed 100 members of the New York National Guard, the Urban Search and Rescue Team and various officials from the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services. Heavier rain and gusty winds are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

The combination of Jose's winds and the new moon would cause unsafe riptides and higher than normal high tides, meteorologists said.

Meteorologists Monday night cautioned that if the system moves further west than expected, wind, rain and flooding would be more significant.

For southern Fairfield and New Haven counties, wind is expected between 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

As Jose nears, the chance of rain increases during the day on Tuesday. Up to 1 inch of rain is possible in most towns with a bit more in southeastern CT.

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