Rain, howling winds expected as storm is expected to hit LI

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The National Weather Service is forecasting some nasty weather into the early part of the week, including periods of heavy rain and strong winds.

The blast of severe weather has prompted a series of alerts for counties throughout the region, including Cayuga.

High wind and flash flood watches are in effect until 6 a.m., Monday in Hartford, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties, according to the National Weather Service. Power outages could be scattered to widespread. Additionally, flooding along rivers, including the Black River, Moose River and Salmon River, is also possible. During this same time frame the wind will start to pick up and will be gusty, southwest 20-30mph with isolated power outages possible.

CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews.

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The rains started overnight and will intensify through the day and night.

Rain will continue to pour throughout the day and into Monday morning, according to AccuWeather. Winds will gust to 40 miles per hour basically statewide through the afternoon with potential for higher along the shoreline. A High Wind Warning is in effect until 6am. "Street and stream flooding is likely due to the potential for 1"-3" statewide, with isolated 4" and 5" in some areas. Colder air moves in Monday with temps hitting a high in the 50s early, then falling into the 40s by the afternoon. Winds will die down a little by the afternoon, but it will still be breezy at times.

And Saturday should be partly sunny with a high near 60.

Monday: Windy with morning showers.