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Tornado watch issued; Bridgeport EOC tracking storms

October 2, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The city’s Emergency Operations Center is tracking potential severe storms Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in Connecticut until midnight for Fairfield and Litchfield counties.

Fairfield fire officials immediately took to social media to warn residents to be smart and safe.

“A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service ... remain vigilant to changing weather conditions,” officials said.

The town’s first selectman, Michael Tetrau, urged residents to be careful.

A strong thunderstorm is expected to affect southern Fairfield and central Westchester counties.

At 5:13 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was spotted on radar near Bedford, N.Y., or near New Canaan, moving east at 25 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph and dime-sized hail are possible with this storm.

In Connecticut, this storm is expected to impact Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Fairfield, Greenwich, Trumbull, Westport, Ridgefield, Darien, Wilton, Weston and Redding.

“This storm may intensify,” the NWS said.

The tornado watch is also in effect until 12 a.m. Wednesday for Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties in New Jersey and Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties in New York.

Storms are expected to move through the area between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday. The storms will move across northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley in New York late Tuesday afternoon. The storms are expected to weaken as they move into southern Connecticut.

But a second ban of more widespread showers and thunderstorm activity — currently being spotted along central New York and the Pennsylvania border — will move through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday.

“A few of these storms could become severe with damaging winds,” the EOC said. There is potential for a tornado across the lower Hudson Valley, interior northeastern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.

With the storms, residents can expect torrential downpours, the EOC said. There is the potential for numerous showers and thunderstorms to move across the state, with the possibility of flash flooding possible.

“We ask that everyone be alert to all weather updates as they occur,” the EOC said.

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