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Beaches, state parks expected to fill up throughout holiday weekendMADISON, CT (WFSB) -- A holiday weekend featuring nice weather is expected to bring full capacities at state parks across Connecticut. Two hours before Hammonasset State Park even opened, cars were already lined up waiting to get inside. The Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection put safety measures in place well before the holiday weekend, with daily capacity limits, social distancing guidelines for visitors, and the use of face coverings. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: State officials preparing for a busy holiday weekend at beaches, parks</a> DEEP continues to permit swimming only at shoreline state parks at this time, not inland state park swim areas. Parks, especially along the shoreline, also continue to operate at lower capacity levels, to ensure social distancing and prevent overcrowding. In an effort to keep guests safe, DEEP said people should maintain 15 feet, blanket-to-blanket, of space from other beachgoers. Officials said this will allow for a 6 foot radius around each person or family, and a 3 foot walkway between groups. Also, guests should bring face coverings with them and use them when they are in proximity of others. However, face coverings shouldn’t be worn in the water. For more information and a list of state park closures, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Holiday weekend brings seasonable temps, isolated chance for shower or stormHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- The holiday weekend is set to bring pretty good weather for folks across the state. A backdoor cold front will keep most of the region dry this July 4th holiday weekend, but an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. Meteorologist Mike Cameron said while the isolated shower or storm is possible, there’s no need to change outdoor plans due to this risk. Keep the Ch. 3 app handy to track any pop-up showers or storms with the Interactive Radar <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. “We are forecasting partly sunny skies, and the air will be seasonably warm with highs in the low and middle 80s,” Cameron said Saturday morning. The humidity will be tolerable, and lower than it was on Friday. Sunday is slated to be nice as well, but again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a little warmer, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Another heatwave is possible next week. Monday and Tuesday will be warm with highs in the 80s, but a surge of hot and humid air will arrive by the middle and end of the week. Temperatures are expected to reach or exceed the 90-degree mark Wednesday and Thursday, and if it carries over to Friday it would be the second heatwave of 2020. “So far, we’ve had seven (7) days this year with a temperature of 90 degrees or higher at Bradley International Airport. We could certainly add to that total next week,” Cameron said. Read the complete Technical Discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, download the Ch. 3 app <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
New Britain to host drive-in fireworks celebration Saturday nightNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -- As many cities and town across our state canceled their 4th of July fireworks shows due to the pandemic, the city of New Britain will still host theirs, but with changes. The “Great American Boom” fireworks display will be a drive-in event at Willow Brook Park on Saturday evening. All folks will need is their car and a parking pass from the Parks and Recreation Department, which is a ticket into the event, and how traffic and crowd size will be regulated. The event, which is typically a carnival-type style celebration, is already sold out. With changes, including smaller crowd size and more law enforcement patrolling and routing traffic, there were additional costs for the event this year. Mayor Erin Stewart said selling $10 parking passes helped the city recuperate some money. For those headed to the show, there are a few things to keep in mind, like remember to bring snacks since there will not be any food trucks or booths. Also, people are expected to stay in their car during the show, unless they are using the bathroom. Dogs and alcohol will not be allowed either. Traffic delays around Willow Brook Park are expected, so people should factor that into their travel time. Cars will be allowed in starting at 7:30 p.m., and the display starts around 9:15 p.m. The city of Waterbury is also hosting a fireworks celebration, but vehicles and pedestrians will not be allowed to gather at the Brass Mill Center Mall parking lots. Spectators are asked to adhere to all social distancing and CDC guidelines.
Hebron Drive-Thru Food Trucks keep the fair experience aliveThe food trucks will open again tomorrow at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds from 11-4.
Police: Injuries in East Haddam crashEAST HADDAM, CT (WFSB) - Police are investigating a crash in East Haddam that left people injured. Police say the crash happened near Hopyard Road and Three Bridges Road around 9:11 p.m. Police said there were injuries, but the extent is unknown. Police say one vehicle was involved and it was first reported to them as a car into a tree. Stay with Eyewitness news for updates.
18-year-old injured in New Haven shootingNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - New Haven police are investigating after an 18-year-old was injured in a shooting Friday evening. Police say they responded to a shotspotter alert of gunfire and 911 calls of a person shot in the area of George Street and Derby Avenue around 5:44 p.m. When officers arrived they found an 18-year-old with multiple gunshot wounds. An ambulance took the victim to the hospital after officers applied a tourniquet and stopped the victim's leg bleeding, police said. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.
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VIDEO: Heavy rain impacting the highways along the shorelineHeavy rain was coming down along I-95 in Guilford
Police: Investigating shooting at South Shore Plaza in BraintreeBRAINTREE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Police are currently investigating an active shooting incident at the South Shore Plaza. There are currently no reports of any injuries at this time or if they have identified the shooter. Western Mass News is continuing to follow this story and we’ll have further information as more details come into the newsroom.
Liberty Bank Surprise Squad: Making people’s holiday travel a little easierThe Liberty Bank Surprise Squad helped people who are heading out on the road for the holiday weekend.