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Tropical Storm System Could Impact Connecticut

A look at potential tracks for a tropical system called 99L that will be moving up the East Coast early next week.
A look at potential tracks for a tropical system called 99L that will be moving up the East Coast early next week. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com

A tropical system that will be moving up the East Coast could impact Connecticut next week, depending on its track.

The system, which is now over an area of about 200 square miles in the Caribbean, is called Invest 99L.

The National Hurricane Center uses the term "invest" to identify features being monitored for possible development into a tropical depression or tropical storm. When clusters of storms in the Atlantic have the potential to become tropical depressions, they are assigned a number between 90 and 99. The "L" after the number indicates it's in the Atlantic.

How close 99L will track to the coast  is uncertain at this time, according to AccuWeather.com hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

It now appears a more northward turn is likely, Kottlowski said, meaning the system would stay offshore as it heads toward New England.

But it's also possible the system could stall, which would result in torrential rain and increase the risk of flooding in the area during the start of next week.

A separate system unrelated to Invest 99L could bring showers and thunderstorms to the area Friday into Saturday.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms starts Friday night and continues through the day on Saturday before ending Saturday night, allowing for a partly sunny day Sunday with a high in the low 80s.

There is still much uncertainty on next week's forecast related to the status of Invest 99L.

Check back to Daily Voice for storm updates.

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