At 10 a.m. the impact from Tropical Storm Elsa is being felt in Wilton, with heavy rain falling here and across most of Connecticut. There are currently 14 Eversource customers in town without power.
Otherwise, Wilton Police Chief/Emergency Management Director John Lynch said the town is “faring well and it does not appear that the wind will become an issue. There is some minor flooding but currently no roadways are closed nor are there any significant issues.”
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Wilton and the surrounding southern Fairfield County. Other areas included in the warning are Middlesex, New London and New Haven Counties. The warning is in effect until 11:45 a.m.
As of 9 a.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Between 1-2 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 1-1.5 inches per hour. Additional rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are possible, and flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas is already occurring in some locations.
Significant urban flooding is being reported in parts southwestern Connecticut near the I-95 corridor.
Officials advise taking precautions, especially when driving, including “turn around, don’t drown” when encountering flooded roads, noting that most flood deaths occur in vehicles.