Southern New England expected to see flash floods as powerful storm moves through

Parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island were under a flash flood watch as a strong storm moves across southern New England, according to the National Weather Service. The flash flood watch is in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

A flash flood warning remains in effect for parts of Connecticut — Willimantic, Storrs and Danielson — until 6 p.m.

A flash flood warning was in effect for parts of Rhode Island, including Providence, and southeastern Massachusetts, including Attleboro, Rehoboth and Fall River, until 3:15 p.m. These areas were impacted by the flooding earlier this week.

Earlier on Wednesday, flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties in Connecticut and parts of Worcester, Hampden and Hampshire counties in central and western Massachusetts.

The Associated Press reported that officials in Danbury, Connecticut said they needed to rescue several people from their vehicles after they got stuck in rising waters on Wednesday.

These new warnings come two days after heavy rains pummeled parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Monday night storm dumped 11 inches of rain on Leominster in just five hours, opening sink holes, washing out roads, flooding homes and damaging train tracks.

Flash floods are particularly dangerous and kill more people than nearly any other hazardous weather, according to the NWS. The weather service advises people not to drive through flooded areas, and to abandon your vehicle if it becomes stalled while driving through flooding.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Gov. Maura Healey said it has been a "difficult weather week" for the state and reminded residents to not walk or drive through flood water.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as it develops. 

Katie Cole Associate Producer, Digital
Katie Cole is an associate producer for digital.



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