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A warm front will gradually push through southern New England Thursday afternoon and evening, eventually bringing back warmer and more humid air. It will also bring with it the threat of severe storms during the afternoon. The exact location of this warm front will determine if thunderstorms are severe or not. If temperatures Thursday afternoon end up being “cooler” than expected, severe risk will be lower…but if warm front passes thru and temperatures are “warmer”, then severe risk will be higher. Stay tuned for updates on Eyewitness News early Thursday morning
THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Showers and thunderstorms developing…. Turning more humid through the afternoon and evening. Highs in the in the upper 70s. Some thunderstorms may be strong to severe with damaging wind gusts, hail and a slight risk of a tornado. Storms possible anytime during the day, but the higher risk looks to be the afternoon hours (1pm thru 6pm)..…stay tuned for updates.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM POTENTIAL THURSDAY: Slight To Enhanced Risk For Our Area
A highlighted chance for a significant severe weather outbreak Thursday afternoon/evening–especially in western New England (Connecticut). Some of those severe storms could make it into RI by afternoon, too. These are storms that may contain damaging winds, large hail and a slight risk of a tornado.
LATEST ON HURRICANE LAURA
WIND AND WATER LEVELS INCREASING AS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE LAURA TAKES AIM AT THE NORTHWEST GULF COAST... CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, EXTREME WINDS, AND FLASH FLOODING EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHWEST GULF COAST ... LOCATION...29.0N 93.2W ABOUT 75 MI...120 KM S OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA ABOUT 75 MI...120 KM SE OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...150 MPH...240 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...939 MB...27.73 INCHES
LATEST HIGH RESOLUTION RADAR IMAGE
At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Laura was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 93.2 West. Laura is moving toward the north-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A turn toward the north is expected by early Thursday, and a northward motion should continue through the day. A northeastward to east-northeastward motion is expected Thursday night and Friday. On the forecast track, Laura will make landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast within the next few hours and move inland within that area early Thursday. The center of Laura is forecast to move over northwestern Louisiana on Thursday, across Arkansas Thursday night, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is likely before landfall. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura moves inland.
STORM SURGE FORECAST UP 15 TO 18 FEET