UPDATE, 1 P.M. — The CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has updated the projected impact of Tropical Storm Else on Wilton and the surrounding region.

In an email to town departments and officials, Wilton Police Chief/Emergency Management Director John Lynch wrote that “the storm track is still in question, which will dictate the amount of wind and rain Wilton will receive. … It appears the storm will affect our area early Friday and clear by the afternoon.”

The storm appears to be moving further east than projected earlier, and is forecast to cross the tip of Long Island between 9-10 a.m. on Friday, July 9, making its closest approach to Connecticut near Stonington around 10 a.m.

Winds are currently forecast to begin increasing along the CT coast at daybreak on Friday and are expected to peak during the mid-morning in southeastern Connecticut, sustained at 30-35 mph with gusts to 40-50 mph at times.

Officials still warn of a potential for flooding and power outages, with a possible total rainfall from 3-5 inches from Thursday afternoon through early Friday afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY, 6:45 A.M. — The National Weather Service/National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Elsa is forecast to head in the direction of Wilton, bringing with it heavy rains, wind gusts and the chance of flooding and power outages.

Elsa is predicted to move off the New Jersey coast at daybreak on Friday, July 9 and cross Long Island between 8-9 a.m. Elsa is then forecast to make landfall at around 10 a.m. Friday morning as a weak tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts to 55 mph.

Winds are forecast to begin increasing along the coast at daybreak on Friday. The winds are expected to peak and be sustained during mid-morning in southeastern Connecticut

Heavy rainfall associated with Elsa will likely cause minor to moderate urban flooding Friday morning. Total rainfall is forecast to range from 3-5 inches from Thursday afternoon through early Friday afternoon.

Officials warn the storm may cause widespread power outages in southeastern CT and more scattered power outages across the rest of the state.