Derecho's worst expected to pass south of Connecticut

The threats of the derecho to southern Connecticut have been downgraded Thursday.

An unusually strong low pressure system is forecast to continue moving east-southeast across Pennsylvania this afternoon, Central NJ this evening, and just Southeast of Long Island  Thursday night, according to the National Weather Server.

That means that Connecticut, remaining north of this forecast track, could just face potential freshwater flooding of poor drainage and low lying areas, streams and rivers.

There are now lower rainfall amounts expected here, although still a lot of rain with isolated amounts up to 4 inches.

The forecasted wind speeds are now also expected to be less: East winds 20-30 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph along the coast, including Long Island and southern Connecticut Thursday evening with lower speeds from New York City north and west

Lower tidal departures of only around one foot with the approach of high tide will mean water levels below the minor flooding benchmarks.