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NOAA releases 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast(WFSB) - A glimpse of what may be in store for this year's hurricane season was scheduled to be released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA held a news conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Washington National Airport, Signature Flight Support. Stream it <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/livestream/" target="_blank">here</a>. It said speakers would address the anticipated activity of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and highlight other NOAA initiatives to boost forecasting and operations. The hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. The World Meteorological Organization has its list of names for the storms ready to go. Channel 3 published them earlier this week. See them <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/list-of-storm-names-for-hurricane-season/article_bf01d026-7bd7-11e9-92b8-eb87f4abf364.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
EARLY WARNING WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms could cross into the state tonightHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Parts of the state could see a touch of severe weather later in the day on Thursday. The story of the day is essentially a tale of two fronts. "The morning round of showers is done," said meteorologist Mark Dixon. "We’ll be mostly cloudy for the rest of the day, highs near 70 [degrees.]" Dixon said a warm front approaches southern New England during the day and it will be followed by a cold front that passes through Thursday night. "After noon, there could be some scattered showers," he said. "Then [Thursday] evening, say [between] 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., is when more rain with thunderstorms will become likely." They would fire up to the west of New England and they will reach Connecticut in the evening. They will swiftly move across the state. "The greatest risk for severe weather is to our west in Pennsylvania and New York," Dixon said. "As storms head east they could reach Connecticut; however, they should also weaken as they move our way." When the storms arrive, they can be tracked with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/pinpoint_doppler_livestream/" target="_blank">here</a>. The storms will encounter stable air as they move across Connecticut, which will contribute to their weakening. "The biggest threats will be heavy rain, frequent lightning and possibly damaging wind," Dixon said. The Storm Prediction Center put western Connecticut in a "marginal risk" category for severe weather. The stormy weather should largely be over by midnight. Overnight lows may be in the 50s. Friday looks dry but windy. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny and there will be a strong northwesterly breeze. Gusts to over 30 mph are likely. Temps should reach the mid-70s during the day, but could dip into the 40s by Friday night. The Memorial Day weekend continues to look good. Saturday starts out sunny, but clouds will increase by the afternoon. Temps in the 70s can be expected. Showers may arrive by Saturday night, but are expected to end by dawn on Sunday. The weather warms into 80s on Sunday. For Memorial Day itself, temps may range from 80 to 85 degrees under partly-to-mostly sunny skies. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Homes evacuated after crews hit natural gas line in HartfordHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Evacuations are underway on Boothbay Street in Hartford after a construction crew hit a natural gas line. It happened a little before 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. Fire officials said the gas line was along the road, not in a home. Four homes on each side of the street were evacuated as a precaution. Stay with Ch 3 as more information becomes available.
Thermostat battle: Study looks at which gender works better in different temperatures(WFSB) - A new study suggests that women think better in warmer rooms while men work better in lower temperatures. According to research published by PLOS, women performed better on math and verbal tests at higher temps. Researchers said the reverse was true for men. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/poll-do-you-work-better-in-a-warmer-or-cooler/poll_c1e5f706-7d60-11e9-afa5-efe1e24bd5db.html" target="_blank">Do you work better under cooler or warmer conditions? Vote in our poll here.</a> Temperatures, however, did not seem to change the results of the cognitive tests for neither men nor women. Scientists said the findings will hopefully prompt employers and educational institutions consider adjusting the thermostat to boost productivity. Check out the complete results of the study <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0216362" target="_blank">here</a>.
Lack of lifeguards forces MDC to scale back swimming times at Lake McDonoughBARKHAMSTED, CT (WFSB) - A lack of qualified lifeguard applicants has forced the Metropolitan District Commission to reduce hours at Lake McDonough. The MDC made the announcement about the limited swimming hours on Thursday. Lake McDonough, which is right off of Route 219 in Barkhamsted, typically opens for swimming on Memorial Day weekend. Starting May 25, the new schedule is as follows: Closed Monday through Wednesday10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday Holiday hours are as follows: Memorial Day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Fourth of July 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The MDC said the schedule change does not affect the hours for boating on the lake. It recognizes the inconvenience the schedule change causes for people, but said it is necessary to ensure the safety of swimmers. More information about Lake McDonough can be found on the MDC's website <a href="https://themdc.org/recreation-areas/lake-mcdonough" target="_blank">here</a>.
Man seriously hurt after crash causes own vehicle to back over himOXFORD, CT (WFSB) - A man suffered serious injuries after a crash that led to his own vehicle running him over in Oxford. State police identified the man as 73-year-old Stephen Kovzel Jr. of Oxford. Troopers said the incident happened in the parking lot of the Oxford Liquor Shoppe on Oxford Road Wednesday afternoon. They said Kovzel's Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo was originally parked, as was the other vehicle involved in the crash. However, Kovzel's Jeep was not "in park" and rolled backwards into the second vehicle. As Kovzel exited the Jeep, the driver of the second vehicle moved it backwards, which caused Kovzel's vehicle to continue in reverse. Kovzel was caught by the door of his Jeep and run over by the vehicle, state police said. The Jeep finally stopped in the northbound lane of Oxford Road against a steel guard rail. Kovzel was brought to Waterbury Hospital for serious injuries to his arms and left leg. Troopers determined that the cause of the incident was unsafe backing by Kovzel. However, the driver of the second vehicle, Mark Reilly of Beacon Falls, was issued a misdemeanor summons and complaint for evading responsibility. Reilly was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating without a license and operating with an expired registration. Reilly was released on a $500 non-surety bond and given a court date of May 31.
SURPRISE SQUAD: Retired veteran gets a surprise ahead of Memorial DayThe Liberty Bank and Channel 3 Surprise Squad surprised an artist and retired veteran ahead of Memorial Day.
Connecticut Sun ready for new WNBA seasonUNCASVILLE, CT (WFSB) - It's been a busy off-season for the WNBA. The league tips off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams having championship aspirations. The Connecticut Sun have been gearing up for the season. The team plays the Washington Mystics this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The players said they're optimistic due to their chemistry this season. They claim it sets them apart from the rest of the league. Channel 3 spoke with returning player and former University of Connecticut star Morgan Truck, along with members of one of the dance teams. They said they're thrilled to be in Connecticut with a dedicated fan base. "We always get a lot of fans at our games," Truck said. "I think that's one thing that we love about playing in Connecticut." "My favorite part is seeing the crowd," said Morgan, one of the dancers. "They go crazy as soon as we get out of the tunnel. We see fans going crazy, seeing the team, seeing [the mascot] Blaze." The first 3,000 fans of the regular season opener will get an orange "we believe in women" t-shirt. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. For ticket information, head to Ticketmaster's website <a href="https://www.ticketmaster.com/Connecticut-Sun-tickets/artist/860172?brand=sun&amp;extcmp=gw002821&amp;wt.mc_id=WNBA_LEAGUE_TIX_PAGE_LINK_CON" target="_blank">here</a>.
Gov. to discuss veto threat on paid family medical leave proposalHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Paid family medical leave <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/senate-passes-paid-family-medical-leave-bill-gov-says-he/article_6e8107a2-7ca9-11e9-aadf-2b6214ec96eb.html" target="_blank">cleared a hurdle on Wednesday</a>, but it does not have the support of the governor. Despite having support from fellow Democrats, Gov. Ned Lamont said he doesn't like some parts of the proposal. He vowed to veto it. Channel 3 is expecting to hear more from Lamont about it later in the day on Thursday. The plan for paid family medical leave involves it being funded by a payroll tax on every Connecticut employee. Each employee could take up to 12 weeks off from work to care for a relative or newborn. It would also create a quasi-public board. Lamont said he wants to see more of a private-public partnership with insurance companies also involved. The idea is something Republicans agree with, but their proposal would be optional for workers. Democrats and Lamont oppose that facet. However, both parties and Lamont want to see some form of paid family leave. Lawmakers just can't seem to agree on what it should look like. "I think he will veto this bill and maybe we’ll see a better bill," said Sen. Len Fasano, a Republican. "Paid family [and medical] leave is something we have to talk about, but putting a tax on the employees to pay for it is not what should happen." "Being out of work for a week or two can be very catastrophic for many families," said Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat. "This will provide peace of mind at the cost of a half-of-a-percent of people’s income." The state House of Representatives still needs to vote on the measure.
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