Updated story: Sept. 18 4 p.m.
There is tornado watch for North Branford and Northford as the National Weather Service has issued the watch for all of New Haven County, Litchfield County and Fairfield County through 11 p.m. tonight.
This accompanies the earlier Hazardous Weather Outlook, which includes a wind advisory that is in effect until 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The state Department of Transportation issued an alert at 4:17 p.m. saying that there is a tree across the Metro-North line in Norwalk, and that the Danbury branch of the line is closed as a result. Metro-North officials said around 2:30 p.m. that New Haven Line Customers could experience delays of 20-30 minutes in both directions due to a downed tree in the vicinity of Fordham, NY. They also said around 3:20 p.m. that the New Haven Line Service will also experience delays both ways due to wire damage in the vicinity of Pelham. They are asking riders to listen for announcements at stations.
There are already reported power outages in East Haven with none yet in North Branford, but you can stay up-to-date with United Illuminating's outage map.
Original story: Sept. 18, 11 a.m.
It appears that Mother Nature has at least one more severe weather event up her sleeve as the summer season comes to an end later this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for North Branford, as well as much of the the rest of the state.
The advisory will be in effect from noon today until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Downed Trees, Power Outages
Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 50 miles per hour or more, with sustained winds of some 20 to 30 miles per hour throughout the day today.
The weather service warns the high winds could lead to downed limbs and trees in, as well as scattered power outages.
"This potential will be enhanced in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms," the meteorologists reported.
'Isolated Tornado' Possible
In a hazardous weather outlook alert also issued for today, the weather service warns today's storm system could also bring with it "heavy rainfall with isolated flash flooding."
"Local severe storms with damaging wind gusts and possibly an isolated tornado," the meterologists stated in their report, adding minor coastal flooding is also possible.
The nasty weather is expected to be at its height late this afternoon in to the early morning hours tomorrow.
Today's high is expected to reach about 75 degrees. Tomorrow the rain and the clouds are expected to clear out by the early afternoon, with a high of 71.
And Thursday is expected to be a picture-perfect last summer day: sunny and 75 degrees — a weather trend that is expected to continue into at least Saturday night.