Darien forecast update: Sandy powers back up to hurricane strength
Sandy is a hurricane again -- at least as of about 8 a.m. this morning.
The storm was downgraded to "tropical" status overnight, but the National Weather Service reports this morning about 8 o'clock that Air Force aircraft have again recorded hurricane-strength winds as it churns through the Caribbean and moves toward the nation's southeast coast.
In any case, National Weather Service forecasters say the storm could still unleash havoc -- downpours, damaging winds and flooding -- when it socks southwestern Connecticut late Sunday.
A wild card remains Sandy's potential to merge with one or two other colder storm systems, which could trigger even more meteorological misery, including snow early next week.
A coastal flood watch -- a factor, in pact, of full-moon tides -- has already been issued by the National Weather Service for the region from Sunday night through late Monday.
Today, however, is expected to be largely calm, with cloudy skies and a daytime high temperature about 65 degrees. There will be an east wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tonight, there is a chance of showers, primarily in the early-morning hours tomorrow. The skies will be cloudy and the temperature will dip to about 50 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent, the NWS says.
Tomorrow, the chance of precipitation increases to about 50 percent during the day as the temperature reaches about 60 degrees. There will be a northeast wind 14 to 17 mph.
Rain will intensify tomorrow night and continue into Monday, as the temperature hits a low of about 50 degrees. There is expected to be a northeast wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
On Monday, rain could be heavy at times, with a high temperature in the upper-50s. It will be windy with a northeast wind 24 to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Rain will continue Monday night, as the low temperature registers in the low-50s. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
More rain is in the forecast for Tuesday, and again could be heavy at times. The high temperature will be in the upper-50s, with windy conditions. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Rain is likely Tuesday night, with a low temperature about 45 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
The outlook for Wednesday, according to the weather service, is for possible showers, cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.