WTNH (Conn.) — The state is experiencing severe weather Tuesday, which began as the holiday weekend came to a close on Monday evening.
Heavy rains and downpours lasted throughout the day on Tuesday. The entire state was under Flood Watch from Monday evening to 5 p.m. Tuesday
Different areas across the state experienced the rainy conditions a bit differently.
A Flood Advisory was issued for parts of Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven counties. In Norwich, storm drains overflowed near the Thames.
Officials in East Hartford warned of anticipated heavy and consistent rainfall which will “overwhelm the already saturated grounds and our storm-water drainage system.” When in doubt, officials said to remember “Turn around, don’t drown,” and to remain at home and avoid driving over any standing water, if possible.
In rivers and streams like the Quinnipiac, water was overflowing them in abundance. It may look like the perfect opportunity for a quick dip, but state officials warn that the currents can sweep someone off their feet.
All of this is not entirely uncommon during large storms, but storms of this size are unusual in the late summer.
Connecticut State Police issued a reminder to residents to be careful on the roads during the severe weather. They shared the following tips:
- Illuminate headlights
- Reduce speed to reduce hydroplaning
- Avoid driving vehicles through standing water
- Do not walk or drive around barricades- they are there to protect you
Connecticut is not the only state suffering from excessive rain, however. On I-95 in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday, severe flooding trapped people in cars along the highway. The entire interstate was submerged in rainwater.
This is why it is incredibly important to know the correct safety tips for flood conditions, especially when traveling.
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