Connecticut officials said they will remain vigilant even though most computer models show Hurricane Joaquin turning to the east and staying out at sea.
“We can not let our guard down,” Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said Friday during a conference call. “That’s why we are going to continue to monitor the storm’s path although there is increasing consensus this is going out to sea.”
If the storm stays on its current path the only impact on Connecticut will be some “possible ocean swells and some rip currents,” Schriro said. “But we do not expect Joaquin to have a major impact on Connecticut.”
The National Weather Services said that forecast models continue to indicate a track offshore of the east coast from the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic states.
“The threat of direct impacts from Joaquin in those areas is decreasing,” the National Weather Service stated in a forecast.
However, “even if Joaquin remains offshore, strong onshore winds associated with a frontal system will create minor to moderate coastal flooding along the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states through the weekend,” according to the National Weather Service.
Deputy Commissioner William Shea said the hurricane is expected to turn to the north today as the storm moves slowly through the Bahamas, it is then expected to accelerate to the north and northeast on Saturday and Sunday to a position well off the North Carolina coast by 2 a.m. Monday morning. It is then expected to turn in a northeast direction and pass well southeast of New England early Tuesday morning as a Category I hurricane.
Shea said they’ve been in contact with local and federal officials and utility companies regarding their storm preparations.
Scott Devico, a spokesman for the emergency services agency, said they are not going to let their guard down. He said they will still be ready if the hurricane takes a turn toward the west.