WEDNESDAY, JULY 17–The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a flash flood watch for Wilton, in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.

In Connecticut, the alert covers not only Fairfield County but Middlesex, New Haven and New London Counties as well. It also extends throughout Westchester, New York City, Long Island, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and five counties in New Jersey.

A severe storm alert has been raised until 4 p.m. as a storm passes over central Fairfield County, including Monroe, Bethel, and Newtown, with torrential rain, and winds in excess of 30 mph.

The storms are the remnants of post tropical cyclone Barry moving through the area later today and tonight bringing the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms. Excessive runoff could lead to flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas. Some fast-responding small streams could approach or exceed bank full.

Rainfall totals are expected to range between 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts. Rainfall rates of one inch per hour or more are possible.