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UPDATE: Tornado Watch Issued for Fairfield, New Haven Counties

Watch will be in effect until 11 p.m. as wind gusts swirl up to 50 miles per hour or more, and heavy rain storms threaten minor coastal flooding.

(Updated 5:30 p.m.)

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the region, to be in effect until 11 p.m.

A "watch" does not mean that a tornado has been observed or is expected soon, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but that the "severe weather is possible during the next few hours."

We'll update this article if the watch changes to a warning.

If you lose power, report it to United Illuminating by calling 203.499.3333.

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Our original report follows.

It appears that Mother Nature has at least one more severe weather event up her sleeve as the summer season comes to an end later this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Stratford, as well as much of the the rest of the state.

The advisory will be in effect from noon today until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Downed Trees, Power Outages

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 50 miles per hour or more, with sustained winds of some 20 to 30 miles per hour throughout the day today.

The weather service warns the high winds could lead to downed limbs and trees in, as well as scattered power outages.

"This potential will be enhanced in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms," the meteorologists reported.

'Isolated Tornado' Possible

In a hazardous weather outlook alert also issued for today, the weather service warns today's storm system could also bring with it "heavy rainfall with isolated flash flooding."

"Local severe storms with damaging wind gusts and possibly an isolated tornado," the meterologists stated in their report, adding minor coastal flooding is also possible.

The nasty weather is expected to be at its height late this afternoon in to the early morning hours tomorrow.

Extended Forecast

Tomorrow the rain and the clouds are expected to clear out by the early afternoon, with a high in the low 70s

And Thursday is expected to be a picture-perfect last summer day: sunny and in the mid 70s -- a weather trend that is expected to continue into at least Saturday night.

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